After negotiations between congressional lawmakers stalled regarding another economic relief package in the face of the pandemic, President Donald Trump issued a series of executive orders aimed at achieving Republican goals for the stimulus package.
The orders include a payroll tax deferral, the reconsideration of evictions, the waiving of student loan payments, and the cutting of expanded unemployment benefits from $600 to $400.
The legality of Trump's executive orders is questionable, with many of Trump's critics—and even some of his allies—saying that these orders undermine the fiscal power held by Congress.
White House trade advisor Peter Navarro seemed unbothered by these concerns in a recent interview with MSNBC's Chuck Todd.
After Navarro hailed Trump as "the hardest working President in history," he continued:
"The Lord and the Founding Fathers created executive orders because of partisan bickering and divided government. That's what we have here, but the president has taken action."
People were stunned by the bizarre assertion.
Others were frustrated with Meet the Press host Chuck Todd, whom they felt didn't adequately challenge Navarro's misleading or false claims.
The criticisms come only a week after MSNBC moved Todd to a 1 pm slot, instead of his old slot at 5 pm. The move was widely seen as a demotion.
Meanwhile, Navarro proudly shared the interview with Todd on his Twitter account.