August 10, 2020
President Trump Can’t Stop Talking About His Plans to Cut Social Security
August 8 Remarks Are Latest in a Long Line
Statement of Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, on President Trump’s Continuing Assault on Social Security and Medicare.
“Donald Trump has spent 2020 telling the American public that he wants to cut Social Security and Medicare.
“It’s past time to start taking him literally and seriously — no matter how many times his advisers go on TV to do damage control and spin their way out of it.
“Maya Angelou famously said, ‘When someone tells you who they are, believe them.’ Older Americans have heard time and again from President Trump, through his words and his actions, that he will cut Social Security and Medicare. Seniors – and everyone who hopes for a secure retirement – must remember this when they cast their ballots in November.”
President Donald Trump, in his own words:
JANUARY 22, 2020
CNBC INTERVIEW FROM DAVOS, SWITZERLAND
JOE KERNEN (CNBC): Entitlements ever be on your plate?
PRESIDENT TRUMP: At some point they will be. We have tremendous growth. We’re going to have tremendous growth. This next year I– it’ll be toward the end of the year. The growth is going to be incredible. And at the right time, we will take a look at that. You know, that’s actually the easiest of all things, if you look, cause it’s such a–
JOE KERNEN: If you’re willing–
PRESIDENT TRUMP: —big percentage.
JOE KERNEN: —to do some of the things that you said you wouldn’t do in the past, though, in terms of Medicare–
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, we’re going– we’re going look.
MARCH 5, 2020
Fox News Town Hall
Martha McCallum (FoxNews): “if you don’t cut something in entitlements, you’ll never really deal with the debt.”
Trump: “Oh, we’ll be cutting,”
AUGUST 8, 2020
Trump: “If I’m victorious on November 3rd, I plan to forgive these [payroll] taxes and make permanent cuts to the payroll tax. I’m going to make them all permanent.”
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