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Analysis: Trump's mind is elsewhere as unemployment benefits run out for millions of Americans

December 26, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 23: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk on the south lawn of the White House on December 23, 2020 in Washington, DC. The Trumps are headed to Mar-a-Lago for the holidays with a government shutdown possible on Monday December 28. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

A day before unemployment benefits for millions of Americans were set to expire, President Donald Trump had a different insult in mind: his former-model wife has yet to appear on the cover of a fashion magazine as first lady.

Washington (CNN)A day before unemployment benefits for millions of Americans were set to expire, President Donald Trump had a different insult in mind: his former-model wife has yet to appear on the cover of a fashion magazine as first lady.

Three days earlier, Trump appeared in a video few of his aides seemed to know he was taping to decry the bill, insisting it did not pay Americans enough and was loaded with unnecessary spending.

Reminded that he proposed virtually the same spending figures included in the bill -- which would keep the government funded past Monday -- in his own budget this year, Trump has scoffed, one person familiar with the matter said, insisting his proposal was the work of the "deep state. "

In what he called "meetings" at his Florida golf course -- but which people familiar with the matter said are more accurately described as informal conversations with hangers-on and friends -- Trump has been encouraged to further distance himself from the Republican leaders who have stuck by him no matter what the past four years.

At his golf course on Christmas Day, Trump played a round with Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of his top associates in the Senate, who, before Trump's video, was supportive of the relief package.

Every day he has been in Palm Beach, the White House has added a highly strange note on his daily schedule alerting readers: "During the Holiday season, President Trump will continue to work tirelessly for the American People.

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