Biden Responds to Trump’s Threat of “Cutting” Social Security and Medicare in “Word Salad” Interview

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Former President Donald Trump’s recent comments on cutting Social Security and Medicare have sparked controversy and raised questions about his stance on entitlement programs.

In an interview with CNBC, Trump suggested that there is “a lot you can do in terms of cutting” these programs, a departure from his previous warnings against cutting popular entitlement programs.

Trump’s remarks came in response to a question about the growing national debt, with CNBC host Joe Kernen noting that the debt-to-GDP ratio could remain high indefinitely without action. Trump responded by suggesting that cutting entitlements and addressing mismanagement could be part of the solution.

Biden and Trump (Credits: Salon.com)

However, Trump’s comments were met with criticism and confusion. Some observers argued that his answer was vague and lacked coherence, with Bharat Ramamurti, a former Biden administration official, describing it as “largely gibberish.”

Others, like Brian Klaas, a professor of global politics, criticized the lack of clarity in Trump’s response, suggesting that it was not a well-thought-out policy statement.

Trump’s campaign later sought to clarify his remarks, stating that he was referring to cutting waste in entitlement programs rather than cutting benefits.

However, the initial comments have reignited debate over the future of Social Security and Medicare, two programs that are widely popular and important to millions of Americans.

Biden (Credits: ABC News)

President Joe Biden quickly responded to Trump’s comments, tweeting, “Not on my watch,” indicating his commitment to protecting these programs from cuts.

Biden’s response underscores the political sensitivity of the issue, as any proposal to cut Social Security and Medicare is likely to face strong opposition from both parties and the public.

Trump’s comments have reignited a debate over entitlement programs and government spending, highlighting the challenges of addressing the national debt while also ensuring that vital social programs are protected.

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