President Donald Trump unveiled his budget proposal on Monday, and there were very few surprises.
The budget predictably slashes funds for environmental protection, education, health care, food stamps, and housing while increasing funds for defense and for his border wall.
One of the budge's cuts, however, is standing out.
The very day his budget was released, Trump told the nation's governors that he wouldn't cut medicare or social security—a promise he'd been repeating for weeks before.
We will not be touching your Social Security or Medicare in Fiscal 2021 Budget. Only the Democrats will destroy the… https://t.co/U4Ruz6CQ3y— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1581188485.0
His current budget slashes medicaid, medicare, and social security by a total of $800 billion.
Always eager to hold the President accountable, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) pointed out the broken promise.
Two days ago: "We will not be touching your Social Security or Medicare in Fiscal Year 2021 Budget.” -Trump Today:… https://t.co/Fq6I79v6Kk— Nancy Pelosi (@Nancy Pelosi) 1581363496.0
Pelosi wasn't the only one to notice the discrepancy.
Remember last week when Trump promised at his #SOTU speech that he would protect Medicare and Social Security? Nei… https://t.co/WL3MWdLzpa— Keith Boykin (@Keith Boykin) 1581362734.0
Last week Trump told the American people he’d protect Medicare and Social Security. Today’s #TrumpBudget proposal… https://t.co/Hgmh9SWfu8— Karina Castrillo (@Karina Castrillo) 1581365701.0
Trump said he would “always protect your Medicare and Social Security. Always.” Today, his budget is cutting them b… https://t.co/dTAerOzLFM— Bernie Sanders (@Bernie Sanders) 1581358199.0
A number of prominent Democratic lawmakers have spoken out against the cuts.
We should create jobs and revitalize auto manufacturing by investing in the next generation of clean car tech. It’s… https://t.co/O67HYdQQlY— Chuck Schumer (@Chuck Schumer) 1581367681.0
Trump's immoral budget is full of reckless and cruel cuts to health care, education, housing, basic food assistance… https://t.co/C9Cm2pNcvf— Rep. Barbara Lee (@Rep. Barbara Lee) 1581359190.0
To the surprise of no one, the #TrumpBudget consists of cuts on the backs of working-class Americans and those livi… https://t.co/Mj44s3cbtr— Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (@Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib) 1581355865.0
The Trump administration defended the cuts, insisting that they were due to decreased healthcare costs and wouldn't affect the benefits brought by Medicare and social security.
People sided with Pelosi about the President's backtracking.
@TeamPelosi @Resistinfla tRUmp cares for no one but himself. He lies more than he tells the truth. Thanks 🙏🏻 to… https://t.co/BufgSAaxeT— Peggy (@Peggy) 1581365200.0
@TeamPelosi @AmoneyResists I'm already on it, Speaker Pelosi Nice job and thank you for your Patriotism, Honor and Love for Our Country— Makin'waves (@Makin'waves) 1581364473.0
@TeamPelosi People asking her to do something, let me tell you what to do. Strengthen her hands by electing democra… https://t.co/Jx7U3UzVS8— Human Decency (@Human Decency) 1581364990.0
@TeamPelosi I’m 66 and have never lived through so much corruption, evil and hatred. We desperately need to vote l… https://t.co/AOrsT38DMO— Nor Middleton (@Nor Middleton) 1581364295.0
@TeamPelosi @SpeakerPelosi Let’s call the #TrumpBudget what it is: a “cruelty tax” on the most vulnerable groups in… https://t.co/4uBre0hCEG— PB (@PB) 1581364426.0
@TeamPelosi A Trump “promise” broken within days. No surprise there. If he doesn’t personally benefit he sees n… https://t.co/qoZe2FK3My— Mary Lynne (@Mary Lynne) 1581364181.0
The Democratic House of Representatives is unlikely to let the budget pass without a fight.
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