keeping promises
January 22, 2020

President Trump backtracked Wednesday on his 2016 campaign promise to protect funding for entitlements like Medicare and Social Security, suggesting in an interview with CNBC that he would be open to slashing "at some point" them since they're "the easiest" thing to cut.

Well, unsurprisingly, that didn't sit well with his Democratic opponents, who quickly pounced on the comment.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who is one of the leading candidates in the Democratic presidential primary, used Trump's words to call for an expansion of such programs, while the House Ways and Means Committee called the suggestion "unacceptable." Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) thinks it's a warning from Trump that people should take seriously.

Trump's reasoning for possibly cutting entitlements is that the trajectory of the country's economic growth could one day allow for it. But don't expect that to change any minds on the other side of the political aisle. Tim O'Donnell

May 11, 2017

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order Thursday that will establish a commission on voter fraud, administration officials told ABC News.

The bipartisan commission will investigate "improper voting, fraudulent voter registrations, and fraudulent voting." President Trump has repeatedly claimed that "millions" of people voted illegally in the 2016 election, although such allegations are unsubstantiated.

Trump promised he would establish a committee to investigate voter fraud shortly after taking office. Vice President Mike Pence will reportedly be the committee's chair, and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will be the vice chair. Jeva Lange

April 3, 2017

On Monday, President Trump became the first president to donate his entire first-quarter salary to the National Park Service. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke accepted the check, worth $78,333.32, and announced it would go toward the neglected maintenance of battlefield national parks.

Trump vowed during the presidential campaign that he would not take a salary in office. While presidents are required to receive a paycheck, a spokesperson for the White House said in February that Trump would give the money "back to the Treasury or [donate it]."

Trump's 2018 budget proposes a 12 percent cut to the Department of Interior, worth approximately $1.5 billion. Jeva Lange

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