Donald Trump spent much of 2015 and 2016 making promises about what he’d do if he won office. He’s achieved two of those objectives, placing two Supreme Court Justices and passing a large tax cut. He’s also had a number of high-profile failures, including failing to secure funding for a border wall. He’s used funding earmarked for the military instead.
On Thursday night, the President participated in a Fox News town hall where he was asked about his goals if he was to be reelected. While talking about lowering national debt, Trump claimed there would be cuts to popular programs like Social Security and Medicare.
Co-Host Bret Baier said to the President, “When you ran for president — at one point, you said you would pay off the diet within 80 years. Now about four years in, the debt is up $3.5 trillion that’s about 18 percent.”
Trump responded predictably, blaming Barack Obama as well as the coronavirus. He claimed, “when the trade deals kick in, now we were disturbed by what’s going on with the virus, but it’s going to be fine and, everybody, it’s going to be fine. But that was a disturbance.”
Martha MacCallum then asked, “But if you don’t cut something in entitlements, you will never really deal with the debt.”
The President responded, “Oh, we’ll be cutting. But we’re also going to have growth like you’ve never had before.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.