The U.S. Treasury Department has ordered President Donald Trump’s name to be printed on checks the Internal Revenue Service is planning to send to tens of millions of Americans, a decision that will slow their delivery by several days, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.
Citing unnamed administration officials, the Post said the US$1,200 checks to be sent as part of a US$2.3 trillion package enacted last month to cushion the economic blow from the novel coronavirus outbreak will “bear Trump’s name in the memo line, below a line that reads, ‘Economic Impact Payment.’”
The White House and the Treasury Department did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.
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The Post said the decision to include Trump’s name was announced to the IRS information technology team on Tuesday.
“The team, working from home, is now racing to implement a programming change that two senior officials said will likely lead to a delay in issuing the first batch of paper checks,” it said.
The Republican Trump is seeking re-election in November.