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Summary generated on August 10, 2020
White House trade adviser Peter Navarro continued his reputation for saying outrageous things on Sunday, claiming "The Lord" created executive orders to cut through partisanship and calling Donald Trump the "Hardest-working president in history" when confronted on Trump's latest golf weekend.
Amid stalled coronavirus relief negotiations between Democrats, Republicans, and the White House, the president issued a series of executive actions and memos from his New Jersey golf club this weekend.
The potentially illegal orders Trump signed reduces the unemployment benefit bonus to $400 a week, requires states to fund 25 percent, provinces a payroll tax holiday, and calls for a continued eviction moratorium.
Appearing on NBC News' Meet the Press to defend the president's orders, Navarro was asked by host Chuck Todd whether he's confident that the orders will stand up to legal scrutiny since Congress is the branch tasked with budgetary powers.
"Well, one of the things I learned here, Chuck, at the White House going through a lot of work on executive orders is what we have the statutory authorities to do, and I'm confident that every single one of those orders which cleared through the office of legal counsel will stand up," Navarro declared, adding that the orders deliberately included non-decisive language.
Todd followed up by pressing Navarro on the president's own role in the failed negotiations.
"You have to understand this is the hardest-working president in history," Navarro shot back.
After that bit of obsequiousness, Navarro insisted the real problem is "The swamp" in Washington before heaping praise on executive orders-a tool the president had previously derided when used by his predecessor.
"The Lord and the Founding Fathers created executive orders because of partisan bickering and divided government," Navarro exclaimed.
"That's what we have here, but the president has taken action."