Hillary Clinton Critiques Trump's Coronavirus Executive Orders

Former United States Secretary of State and Senator Hillary Clinton has critiqued U.S. President Trump's coronavirus executive responses, terming it a "stunt" and labeling them as both unconstitutional and a “diversion” from ongoing matters in Congress. “It's a stunt. There's no doubt about it. It’s most likely, as even Republican senators have said, unconstitutional, bypassing the Congress, trying to spend money he has no authority to direct,” Clinton stated on MSNBC’s “AM Joy” talk show. “But it's also meant to be a big diversion from the hard work the Congress should be engaged in to provide the kind of relief that tens of millions of Americans need.”

Recently, U.S. President Donald Trump has signed memorandums and executive orders aimed at curtailing economic hardship resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. They include suspending payments on student loans till year end, suspending the payroll tax, putting evictions on hold, and extending federal unemployment benefits at a reduced rate.

“So, yes, it was a stunt. Most likely unconstitutional. He doesn't really have the authority to do what he tried,” Clinton stated. “But he sent a signal to voters that, you know, if you were, unfortunately, unlucky enough to have him be president again, you can watch what he is going to do to Social Security and Medicare. And it's going to hurt not just elderly Americans but every American.”

“But I think people have to understand that we are up against a wanna-be authoritarian who has already hurt our country, our institutions, our rule of law, has already scapegoated so many different groups of people,” she added. “We just have to defeat Donald Trump. And we all have to do everything possible to make that happen.”