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NEGOTIATIONS TO BRING ABOUT A

COVID RELIEF PACKAGE.

CHRISTMAS WEEK CHAOS.

>> WELL, ITS NOT ENOUGH.

>> Reporter: THIS UNEXPECTED

VETO THREAT COULD DERAIL NEEDED

COVID RELIEF.

>> THE BILL THEY ARE NOW

PLANNING TO SEND BACK TO MY DESK

IS MUCH DIFFERENT THAN

ANTICIPATED.

IT REALLY IS A DISGRACE.

>> Reporter: IN A WHITE

HOUSE-MADE VIDEO, THE PRESIDENT

WHO DID NOT ENGAGE IN

NEGOTIATIONS HIMSELF AND HAS NOT

BEEN SEEN PUBLICLY IN TEN DAYS

SUDDENLY DEMANDS CONGRESS

SWEETEN THE $900 BILLION COVID

PACKAGE OR ELSE.

>> SEND ME A SUITABLE BILL OR

ELSE THE NEXT ADMINISTRATION

WILL HAVE TO DELIVER A COVID

RELIEF PACKAGE, AND MAYBE THAT

ADMINISTRATION WILL BE ME.

AND WE WILL GET IT DONE.

>> Reporter: THE $900 BILLION

RELIEF BILL PASSED BY CONGRESS

INCLUDES MORE MONEY FOR

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, SMALL

BUSINESSES AND DIRECT CHECKS TO

MANY AMERICANS.

$600 FOR PEOPLE MAKING LESS THAN

$75,000 A YEAR, PLUS ANOTHER

$600 FOR EVERY CHILD.

BUT THE PRESIDENT NOW SAYS

THATS NOT ENOUGH.

>> I AM ASKING CONGRESS TO AMEND

THIS BILL AND INCREASE THE

RIDICULOUSLY LOW $600 TO $2,000

OR $4,000 FOR A COUPLE.

>> Reporter: THE VIDEO COMING

JUST AFTER HIS OWN WHITE HOUSE

STAFF WAS PRAISING THE PLAN.

>> THE PRESIDENT HAS INDICATED

HIS INTENT TO SIGN THE BILL FOR

A FEW REASONS, BECAUSE THIS IS

GOING TO TAKE CARE OF AMERICAN

FAMILIES WITH STIMULUS CHECKS

AND ITS GOING TO TAKE CARE OF

AMERICAN SMALL BUSINESSES.

>> Reporter: TOP DEMOCRATS SAY

THEY SUPPORT BIGGER CHECKS.

HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI

TWEETING IN RESPONSE, DEMOCRATS

ARE READY TO BRING THIS TO THE

FLOOR THIS WEEK BY UNANIMOUS

CONSENT.

LETS DO IT!

IN ANOTHER MAJOR DEVELOPMENT,

THE PRESIDENT DELIVERED GIFTS TO

FRIENDS AND ASSOCIATES WITH HIS

PARDON POWER, INCLUDING TWO

CONVICTED IN THE MUELLER RUSSIA

INVESTIGATION.

FORMER CAMPAIGN AIDE GEORGE

PAPADOPOULOS AND LAWYER ALEX VAN

DER ZWAAN WHO BOTH PLEADED

GUILTY TO LYING.

PLUS GET OUT OF PRISON PASSES

FOR DISGRACED FORMER REPUBLICAN

HOUSE MEMBERS, FIRST TO ENDORSE

CANDIDATE TRUMP.

AND IN AN INCIDENT THAT SPARKED

INTERNATIONAL OUTRAGE IN 2007,

FOUR FORMER BLACKWATER

CONTRACTORS SERVING LONG

SENTENCES FOR THE KILLING OF 17

CIVILIANS IN BAGHDAD ALSO

PARDONED.

THE PRESIDENTS PARDON POWER

ALLOWS HIM TO ACT COMPLETELY ON

HIS OWN.

BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE

LEGISLATION, HE MUST SIGN IT OR

NOTHING HAPPENS.

AND SO THE BIG QUESTION THIS

MORNING IS WILL HE CAVE ON THIS

NEW THREAT, OR WILL CONGRESS

COME BACK TO WORK AND TRY TO

CHANGE THIS TO MEET THE

PRESIDENTS DEMANDS.

CRAIG?

>> TELL ME MORE ON THAT

UNEXPECTED VETO THREAT.

WE JUST SAW THE DEPUTY

COMMUNICATIONS SPOKESPERSON

THERE ON TV.

HOW MUCH OF A SURPRISE WAS THIS

EVEN WITHIN THE WHITE HOUSE?

>> Reporter: WELL, THERE WERE

CERTAINLY TOP AIDES WHO ARE NOT

IN TOWN AND NOT A PART OF THIS.

REMEMBER, THE PRESIDENT

DELIVERED A SPEECH THAT WAS 14

MINUTES.

IT WAS WRITTEN BY STAFF, THE

CAMERAS WERE OPERATED BY STAFF,

A TELEPROMPTER WAS THERE

OPERATED BY STAFF AND THIS WAS

DONE HOURS BEFORE IT WAS POSTED

ONLINE.

THERES BEEN A LOT OF TENSION

OVER HOW MUCH THE PRESIDENT

WOULD WEIGH IN AND HES

UNDERCUTTING HIS OWN TREASURY

SECRETARY, WHOS BEEN

NEGOTIATING THIS COVID PACKAGE

IN DETAIL AND BRIEFING THE

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