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Trump’s coronavirus relief offers too little to help U.S. economy, experts say

FILE PHOTO: Trump signs relief order after talks at Congress

Washington, US | XINHUA | U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent coronavirus relief orders have little to offer for the macro U.S. economy in a crisis, experts said.

One of the four executive orders will extend extra unemployment benefits through the end of the year at a level of 400 U.S. dollars per week.

The other three actions Trump signed Saturday include a memorandum to defer certain payroll tax obligations, a memorandum to defer student loan payments and an executive order to reinstate the federal moratorium on evictions, which also expired at the end of July.

Mark Zandi, Moody’s Analytics chief economist, wrote in a free analysis that the Trump orders “fall well short of what is needed to avoid renewed job loss and rising unemployment.”

According to his calculation, the orders could provide some 400 billion dollars in total, which is too little to change anything.

In a talk with Bloomberg, Zandi believes failure to pass a sufficient fiscal stimulus package will lead to the U.S. falling back into economic recession.

JPMorgan Chase economist Michael Feroli wrote: “If this is all we get for fiscal policy for the rest of the year it would represent a significant downside risk to our growth outlook.”

Feroli believes that Trump’s move of bypassing Congress “could reduce the urgency for Congress and the White House to get a more comprehensive deal done.”

The American economy shrank at an annual pace of 32.9 percent in the second quarter, by far the worst quarter on record.

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