COVID-19 Relief Checks Come With Letter From Trump Saying He ‘Proudly Signed’ CARES Act

President Donald Trump signs the CARES act, a $2 trillion rescue package to provide economic relief amid the coronavirus outbreak, at the Oval Office on March 27, 2020. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
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April 27, 2020 8:57 a.m.
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Apparently President Donald Trump’s name on the paper checks wasn’t enough.

Americans receiving the stimulus checks from the government’s COVID-19 relief package are also being sent letters signed by Trump saying that he “proudly signed” the legislation that made the payments happen, per CNN’s report and photos of the letters posted by check recipients on Twitter.

“I am pleased to notify you that as provided by the CARES Act, you are receiving an Economic Impact Payment of $1,200.00 by Direct Deposit,” Trump writes in CNN’s copy of the letter. “We hope this payment provides meaningful support to you during this period.”

The letters are apparently sent to both Americans who received the checks through direct deposit and those who received paper checks.

Though Trump also successfully (and controversially) got his name on the checks, it can only appear on the paper checks.

The Treasury Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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