Over the last weekend, many Americans who received a $1,200 stimulus check due to the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package received a follow-up in the form of a letter from President Donald Trump, as reported by USA Today.
The letter’s heading reads “Your Economic Impact Payment Has Arrived,” and is followed by a message from President Trump, addressed to “My Fellow American.”
The letter reads in part: “As we wage total war on this invisible enemy, we are also working around the clock to protect hardworking Americans like you from the consequences of the economic shutdown. We are fully committed to ensuring that you and your family have the support you need to get through this time.” The letter ends with President Trump’s iconic signature.
The letter drew some criticism from Democrats, including Nina Olson, executive director of the left-wing special interest group Center for Taxpayer Rights, who claimed that “this will harm the IRS and its ability to appear nonpolitical and nonpartisan.”
Despite some partisan criticism, the stimulus program has been widely praised. The Treasury Department confirmed that over 90 million Americans have already received their checks, amounting to almost $160 billion spent overall. President Trump recently signed a fourth coronavirus relief bill, dubbed “Phase 3.5,” which allocates another $480 billion exclusively to small businesses.