Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said it was his idea to include President Trump’s name on the IRS stimulus checks being mailed to Americans who don’t have direct deposit to help ease the financial burdens caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Mnuchin was asked during an interview on CNN whether putting the president’s name on the checks was Trump’s suggestion.

“That was my idea. He is the president and I think it’s a terrific symbol to the American public,” he said on “State of the Union.”

The stimulus payments of $1,200 for eligible individuals have been made through direct deposit, but the checks have yet to be issued.

“The reason why the checks have not gone out is we’re hoping that more people, as I said, will go to irs.gov.
It’s much safer to send out direct deposits,” Mnuchin said.

Steve Mnuchin
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“As it relates to the president’s name on it, the president could have been authorized to sign the checks but that would have slowed things down. We didn’t want to do that,” he added.

The Treasury Department last week ordered Trump’s name be printed on the checks being sent out to millions of Americans.

His name will appear on the memo line below a line that reads this is an “Economic Impact Payment.”