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The president tweeted a video of him criticising various aspects of the bill, while suggesting a number of changes be made. He said Congress should drastically increase the amount of direct aid for individuals from $600 to $2,000, “or $4,000 for a couple”.
The relief legislation was passed on Monday, with senior Trump administration official, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, taking part in negotiations.
Mr Trump also questioned overseas funding in the four-minute video posted on Tuesday.
He has still not accepted the election loss, saying of the next presidential term: “Maybe that administration will be me.”
The 45th US president, entering his final days in office, said the bill “is much different than anticipated”, adding “it really is a disgrace”.
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He said: “Send me a suitable bill or else the next administration will have to deliver a COVID relief package and maybe that administration will be me and we will get it done.
“I am asking Congress to amend this bill and increase the ridiculously low $600 to $2,000, or $4,000 for a couple.”
He spoke a day after the Senate passed the measure as part of a $1.4trillion government funding process.
One of his political rivals, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, agreed with his call for $2,000 payments, tweeting: “Democrats are ready to bring this to the Floor this week by unanimous consent. Let’s do it!”
He has also continued to tweet unsubstantiated claims about the US election being rigged.
It comes as more than 60,000 Donald Trump supporters said they will attend an unofficial second inauguration for the outgoing president.
The event, organised in a Facebook group, is scheduled for January 20 – the same day Joe Biden will be officially sworn into the White House.
Over 320,000 people have responded to the group, with around 64,300 indicating their intention to attend the “online event”.
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Mr Trump has also issued a separate called for a rally in Washington on January 6 when both houses of Congress meet to formally confirm Joe Biden’s election.
He claimed in a Twitter post: “Statistically impossible to have lost the 2020 Election. Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild.”
President-elect Biden, who served as deputy to Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017, will become the 46th US President.
Various prominent Trump supporters have asked him to accept the election loss in recent weeks.
Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera said “it’s over”, and suggested he said farewell with “grace and dignity”.
Radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt also urged Mr Trump to “look forward” in an editorial for The Washington Post last month.
Speaking in Delaware after his victory was confirmed, President-elect Biden said: “The rule of law, our constitution and the will of the people prevailed.
“Our democracy – pushed, tested, threatened – proved to be resilient, true and strong.”
Mr Biden will not inherit Mr Trump’s millions of followers on the official president of the United States and White House Twitter accounts.
This differs from the handover of millions of followers from Barack Obama’s official presidency account to that of Mr Trump.
Rob Flaherty, Mr Biden’s digital director, tweeted: “In 2016, the Trump admin absorbed all of President Obama’s Twitter followers on @POTUS and @WhiteHouse – at Team 44’s urging.
“In 2020, Twitter has informed us that as of right now the Biden administration will have to start from zero.”
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