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- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized President Donald Trump after learning stimulus payments could be delayed to Americans to accommodate adding his name to checks but we found no evidence she said this.
By now many Americans have received a relief payment as part of a federal stimulus package prompted by the pandemic. But after news broke in April that the payments could be delayed to accommodate adding President Donald Trump’s name to the checks, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed disgust at the decision.
"Delaying direct payments to vulnerable families just to print his name on the check is another shameful example of President Trump’s catastrophic failure to treat this crisis with the urgency it demands," she said in a statement on April 15.
An image of Pelosi posted on Facebook that same day makes it appear that she had more to say about the matter.
"If you accept a check from Trump, you might as well vote for him," reads the quote printed on her picture.
This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
But searching for the quote online, we found no reports of Pelosi saying that. We also reviewed the Nexis news archive and didn’t find any instances of anyone making that statement. The Facebook post gives a different impression.
We rate it False.
Facebook post, April 15, 2020
The Washington Post, Trump denied he wanted his name on stimulus checks. Here’s how it happened, April 15, 2020
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi website, Pelosi statement on President Trump ordering his name printed on stimulus checks, April 15, 2020
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