According to the memorandum the President signed on Saturday, a state must agree to enter into a financial agreement with the federal government for every unemployed person living there to receive any of the additional benefits.
The federal government would require states to receive the table for 25% (or $ 100) of the additional $ 400 benefit that each person may be able to receive each week in additional assistance. This initiative was criticized by some governors because of the way many financial stakes are many states due to coronavirus.
Trump said on Sunday it was possible the federal government could take the full cost if the governors make a request.
“We have a system where we can do 100% or we can do 75%, they pay 25, and it will depend on the state,” he told reporters before returning to the White House from his New Jersey resort. . “And they will make a request. We will look into it and make a decision.”
“So you know, they can be, they’ll not pay anything in some cases or maybe they will – a bit like the National Guard, like the National Guard, as you know. Sometimes we’ll pay them all in “depending on the tragedy, or whatever, the catastrophe,” he said. “Sometimes the state will pay 40%, 25%, 10% or nothing – depending on how it works.”
Some experts told CNN that there are major questions about how many states may be able to afford the additional cost. If a state says it has no funds or does not want to enter into an agreement with the federal government, unemployed people in that state would receive zero dollars in additional benefits (they would still receive the state’s normal unemployment insurance).
Also, because Congress has not authorized an extension of additional federal unemployment assistance, the state will have to create a completely new system to provide additional assistance, which can take months.
When asked by a reporter Saturday why $ 400 instead of the previous $ 600, Trump replied: “This is the money they need, this is the money they want, it gives them a big boost to be back to work “.
This story has been updated with more information about the Trump memorandum.
CNN’s Kristen Holmes, Nicky Robertson, Paul LeBlanc and Tami Luhby contributed to this report.