The decision to add Trump’s name will not result in a delay for Americans receiving those checks, the senior administration official said.
Two senior officials told the Post that the decision would probably set back the delivery date on the first set of paper checks — potentially slowing a process that could already take up to 20 weeks. But the Treasury Department denied the claim, with a department spokesperson assuring the Post that the first batch of checks was still slated to go out next week.
“Economic Impact Payment checks are scheduled to go out on time and exactly as planned — there is absolutely no delay whatsoever,” the Treasury spokesperson told the paper.
CNN has reached out to the White House and the Treasury Department for comment.
Citing senior agency officials, the Post reported that the words “President Donald J. Trump” would appear in the memo line on the left side of the checks — marking the first time a president’s written name is featured on an IRS check.
Trump had confidentially asked Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin if he could officially sign the checks, three administration officials told the Post.
The president, however, is not authorized to sign Treasury payments — a practice typically held by a government employee to protect the checks from politicization.
Trump had previously denied wanting to sign the checks during a briefing earlier this month.
“No. Me sign? No. There’s millions of checks. I’m going to sign them? No. It’s a Trump administration initiative,” he said on April 3. “But do I want to sign them? No.”
The plan for Trump’s name to appear on the checks had been underway for weeks, a Treasury official told the Post.
But the IRS’ information technology team, working remotely, received the news earlier Tuesday — and is now rushing to enact the change with a looming Thursday deadline to send the checks to be printed and issued, the paper reported.
The two officials warning of a delay told the Post that computer code changes and systems testing are now required to incorporate Trump’s name.
CNN’s Katie Lobosco, Manu Raju, Lauren Fox, Betsy Klein and Brian Rokus contributed to this report.