President Trump said at a press conference on Tuesday that if states want COVID-related money, they are going to have to make some "sanctuary city adjustments."
QUESTION: Mr. President, and Secretary Mnuchin as well, what about the idea of another round of stimulus payments to American taxpayers directly? Democrats, of course, up on the Hill are talking about the idea of guaranteeing the income, which obviously could go on for months and months and months. What about another round of stimulus?
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well, I like the idea of payroll tax cuts. I've liked that from the beginning. That was a thing that I really would love to see happen. A lot of economists would agree with me. A lot of people agree with me.
And, I think frankly, it's simple. It's not the big distribution and it would really be an incentive for people to come back to work and for employers to hire, the double tax on the company and also on the person. That's what I like.
And, something like that could happen. Also, I think you have to look because a lot of people are talking--I assume your next question would be about states. And, Steve and I talk about it and I talk about it with Mitch and with Kevin and with everybody.
And, the problem with the states is we're not looking to recovery 25 years of bad management and take--give them the money that they lost. That's unfair to other states.
Now, if it's COVID related, I guess we can talk about it. But, we'd want certain things also, including sanctuary city adjustments, because we have so many people in sanctuary cities, which I don't even think are popular even by radical left folks, because what's happening is people are being protected that shouldn't be protected and a lot of bad things are happening with sanctuary cities.
But, that's just--standing up here, answering this question, that's one of the things I think about. If we're going to do something for the states, I think they'd probably want a--something having to do with sanctuary cities, something having to do with other different points that we can discuss a little bit later on.
President Trump also addressed COVID funding and sanctuary cities earlier at a press event with Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL):
TRUMP: I think there's a big difference between the state that lost money because of COVID and the state that's been run very badly for 25 years. There's a big different in my opinion. And you know, we'd have to talk about things like payroll tax cuts, we would have to talk about things like sanctuary cities as an example. I think sanctuary cities are something that has to be brought up where people that are criminals are protected. They are protected from prosecution. I think that has to be done. I think that's one of the problems that the states have. I don't even think they know they have a problem but they have a big problem with it. The sanctuary city situation. We have to talk about a lot of different things.