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 campaigndistancing himself from rivals who all backed one or another version of entitlement reformTrump 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 groups identification with entitlement spending cuts. Clovis underscored the message, telling the conference, I think after the administrations 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, Well take a hard look at those to start seeing what we can do in a bipartisan way.
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.
Why aren't the media exposing his constantly changing policy stands.
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.
to spout them.
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.