President Donald Trump campaigned on a promise that he would not touch social security and Medicare.
I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid. Huckabee copied me.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2015
Several Republicans, however, state that he may be ready to back out of that promise if he gets a second term.
Several senators told the New York Times in a report published this week they spoke to the president about reducing the costs of the federal health care and retirement programs — a move that would likely stir controversy in a presidential election season.
Republicans have said cutting both programs is crucial to reducing the nation’s deficit, which has ballooned under Mr Trump thanks, in part, to the GOP tax bill passed in 2017.
Senator John Barrasso, a Republican from Wyoming, described the process of cutting the costs of social security and medicare to the New York Times as “best done during divided government”.
‘We’ve brought it up with President Trump,’ he added, ‘who has talked about out it being a second-term project.’
Senator John Thune, a Republican from South Dakota, also told the newspaper that reducing the costs of the federal programs would required “presidential leadership” and “courage by the Congress to make some hard votes”.
‘We can’t keep kicking the can down the road,’ he said, adding: ‘I hope in a second term, [Mr Trump] is interested. With his leadership, I think we could start dealing with that crisis. And it is a crisis.'”
For the rest of the story, visit The Independent here.