Trump signs executive order for coronavirus relief

One of the four actions the president signed will provide as much as $400 in enhanced unemployment benefits.
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The number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. Is approaching 5 million, far more than any other country. 26 states plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico reporting daily increases in deaths even as the rise in cases in the U.S. This summer appears to be slowing. 18 states say hospitalizations are actually going down, so some encouraging news there, that eases the burden on the healthcare system, more on that in a moment. But first to the relief that may be coming for unemployed Americans hit hard by the pandemic, struggling to make ends meet. We go to ABC's Rachel Scott in bedminster, New Jersey, for more on president trump's executive actions. Rachel, good morning. Reporter: Whit, good morning. President trump taking matters into his own hands, sidestepping congress on coronavirus relief, setting up the stage for potential legal battle. Overnight, president trump said he's had enough. Therefore I'm taking executive action, we've had it. Reporter: Pushing to bypass congress with the stroke of his pen. Taking to the podium at his private golf club to announce executive action on coronavirus relief. The president restoring unemployment benefits, but slashing the weekly checks to $400. Requesting states share the costs. Minimizing evictions, suspending interest on student loans. And enacting payroll tax cuts. President trump placing the blame on Democrats after both parties failed to reach a deal. Nancy Pelosi and chuck Schumer have chosen to hold this vital assistance hostage. On behalf of very extreme partisan demands. Reporter: The house Democrats passed a $3 trillion stimulus package bay in may and offered to meet Republicans halfway, but the white house called it a nonstarter. We're not just keep coming back every day if we can't get to a deal. Reporter: This man is one of 30 million Americans out of work and in need of relief. There's absolute urgency I need the money now. It's going to be really tight toward the end of the month. Reporter: With the president's executive action that crucial aid could be tied up in court for months, congress, not the president, controls federal spending. When will this relief get in the hands of Americans? We think it's rapid. It will be distributed in a way, whatever the faster ways. You're signing executive order, Americans want to know when they're going to see this relief? Very soon. Very soon? 30 million Americans are out of work. Excuse me, there it is right there. Reporter: And house speaker Nancy Pelosi and democratic leader chuck Schumer are calling his executive actions weak and narrow. If the president was serious about wanting to help Americans, he would return to the negotiating table. Dan? Rachel Scott challenging the president. Rachel, thank you. Let's bring in our chief anchor George Stephanopoulos who will be hosting "This week" this morning right here on ABC. George, good morning. These executive orders smart politics in that it makes the president taking action or a problem when Americans don't get relief quickly? Rachel did some good questioning of the president right there. One executive order, the others are just presidential memoranda that he signed. Real questions about whether or not the president can spend the money that congress hasn't allocated for these purposes. This is designed to put pressure on the Democrats to stay at the negotiating table to make more compromises. Democrats as you saw in their response feel they're in a fairly strong position right now, and they think the pressure is going to be on the president to come back to the negotiating table. But the bottom line for people who aren't getting their unemployment assistance right now, this is not going to happen any time soon. Let's talk about these ongoing negotiations. You've got Larry kudlow and chuck Schumer on the show, where are we? As you know, the house passed a bill that was little more than $3 trillion about six weeks ago, the white house offers a trillion dollars. Democrats say that they were willing to take a trillion dollars off their proposal, Republicans saying they're just playing games with the numbers and they're not really cutting back with any of the demands they're making. Right now, one problem the Republicans face, you got half of the Republicans they're not going to vote for any extensions at all, which is why the white house has been in a weaker negotiating position, why the president decided to go on his own. I have no idea where this is going to go in the coming days as the challenges mount to what the president did and people at home who are not getting their unemployment assistance are facing more pressure. So just to put a fine point on what you said earlier, if you are at home and need the money, unfortunately, we don't have good or solid news. George, thank you very much. Tune into George's show later this morning. On "This week" he'll be speaking to senate minority leader chuck Schumer exclusively, as talks on that new coronavirus relief package stalled. Plus, trump's top economic adviser Larry kudlow. Discussing president trump's new coronavirus relief executive action.

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