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.
OOPS. Trump just told on himself.
He said he's looking to cut your Medicare and Social Security because it's "the easiest of all things" to cut. pic.twitter.com/ef2cDXUJUu
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 is in court trying to destroy the ACA and steal your health care.
That's not all.
He's openly admitting that if he's re-elected he'll go after Social Security and Medicare next. Believe him.https://t.co/5kLX4TOosy
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
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.
In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally
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
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.
A check presentation at a WH briefing. Trump donating 1st Q salary - $78K+ - to National Parks Service. pic.twitter.com/OTgUU7zbxf
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]."