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n2doc

(47,953 posts)
Fri May 13, 2016, 06:37 PM May 2016

Trump signals backing for cuts to Social Security, Medicare


Billionaire Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, shifted his position on cuts in Social Security and Medicare on the eve of his visit to Capitol Hill for meetings with Republican congressional leaders.

After claiming to reject such cuts throughout the Republican primary campaign—distancing himself from rivals who all backed one or another version of “entitlement reform”—Trump signaled Wednesday that he was reversing his position.

His top policy adviser Sam Clovis addressed a Washington DC conference hosted by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, a group established by the billionaire former Nixon cabinet member to push for the dismantling of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security in the name of cutting the federal budget deficit.

Even attending the conference was something of a signal, given the Peterson group’s identification with entitlement spending cuts. Clovis underscored the message, telling the conference, “I think after the administration’s been in place, then we will start to take a look at all of the programs, including entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare.”

He added that Trump would not propose any changes in these programs during the election campaign, but wait until a new administration and Congress were elected. At that point, he said, “We’ll take a hard look at those to start seeing what we can do in a bipartisan way.”

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Trump signals backing for cuts to Social Security, Medicare (Original Post) n2doc May 2016 OP
Well, they'll have to. Turbineguy May 2016 #1
So absolutely nothing he has said before is true. Agnosticsherbet May 2016 #2
And nothing he says tomorrow will be true, or consistent with his previous statements. MH1 May 2016 #4
He has all the answers to their problems and pulls them out of a fortune cookie when he needs Agnosticsherbet May 2016 #6
Oh heck maybe he misspoke! gordianot May 2016 #3
Wow, he and Clinton, the battle of the misspeakers. LOL. Are we fracked. nm rhett o rick May 2016 #5
Totally gordianot May 2016 #7
Trump is like a box of chocolates pinboy3niner May 2016 #8
Somebody needs to get out there quick and summerschild May 2016 #9

Turbineguy

(37,014 posts)
1. Well, they'll have to.
Fri May 13, 2016, 06:42 PM
May 2016

The ever increasing number of poor aren't going to pay enough taxes. And of course, we couldn't possibly ask the rich or corporations to do their part.

Agnosticsherbet

(11,619 posts)
2. So absolutely nothing he has said before is true.
Fri May 13, 2016, 06:50 PM
May 2016

Why aren't the media exposing his constantly changing policy stands.

MH1

(17,505 posts)
4. And nothing he says tomorrow will be true, or consistent with his previous statements.
Fri May 13, 2016, 06:54 PM
May 2016

And still his followers will think he's wonderful and has all the answers to their problems.

This would all be hilarious if it weren't so frickin' scary.

Agnosticsherbet

(11,619 posts)
6. He has all the answers to their problems and pulls them out of a fortune cookie when he needs
Fri May 13, 2016, 07:03 PM
May 2016

to spout them.

summerschild

(725 posts)
9. Somebody needs to get out there quick and
Sat May 14, 2016, 01:30 PM
May 2016

explain to his supporters in plain fourth grade English that this is the opposite of what he has been telling them all along.

As he is letting Ryan remake him into a "real" unified Republican, he's going to be flying by the seat of his expensive, foreign made pants. He's been telling his crowds a bunch of stuff they wanted to hear, and I'm betting now they don't want him and his new congressional buddies to take medicare and social security away from them.

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