The story was originally from 2017. However, I am reprinting it as a reminder here of Trump’s promises. While there is a lot of talk about MAGA, the reality is that Trump has shown himself to be the opposite of all that he has promised. Noting this fact, it is for the prudent reader to consider the following words, spoken almost three years ago, which reported that Trump declared he will cut Social Security benefits immediately if he is re-elected to a second term.
President Donald Trump told a Republican member of Congress that he is willing to go after Social Security and other entitlement programs at the beginning of his second term.
The Republican member of Congress spoke to a small group of reporters Thursday about a wide range of subjects on a condition of anonymity. The member said both parties and past administrations are to blame for the lack of effort to reform entitlements, citing a gap in leadership on the issue.
“Until you have an administration willing to actually tackle entitlement reform, the idea that Congress is just going to magically produce it on its own,” said the lawmaker. “Entitlement reform always takes leadership at the presidential level and it also takes — by the way, real reform takes bipartisanship.”
“Look, I’m not trying to cast blame,” the Republican lawmaker said. “Nobody’s gotten serious about entitlement reform. So if we’re worried about the debt in 10 years, when we get serious about entitlement reform, then I’ll know we’re serious about the debt. Otherwise it’s a talking point issue back and forth.”
When asked about Trump’s level of serious on the issue, the Republican said the president would not touch Social Security “u ntil the first day of his second term, he told me once.”
The Republican also noted the political risks of going after entitlements in a contentious election such as 2018, while House Speaker Paul Ryan has suggested could be a primary GOP agenda item.
“I think doing it in an election year is hard,” the Republican member of Congress said. “There’s a reason why Social Security reform happened in 1983, not 1984.”
A White House spokesperson did not respond to request for comment. (source)