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Trump Vows to Preserve Social Security Benefits, but Details on His Plan Remain Unclear

Credits: Dallas Morning News

Former President Donald Trump has repeatedly assured the public that he has no intentions of altering Social Security should he secure re-election to the White House in 2024.

This stance has been reiterated consistently, with Trump emphasizing last year that Republicans should not endorse any reductions to Medicare or Social Security funding. He reinforced this assertion earlier this year, affirming that Social Security would remain untouched under his leadership.

However, Trump has found himself compelled to reiterate this message again following accusations from rival President Joe Biden, who alleged that Trump proposed cuts to entitlement programs, including Social Security.

Donald Trump (Credits: USA Today)

Biden’s accusation stemmed from a March 11 CNBC interview during which Trump discussed the potential for adjustments to entitlement programs, including cuts and addressing mismanagement.

Although Trump did not explicitly mention Social Security as a target for reduction, the Biden campaign seized upon his remarks. Biden claimed Trump is persisting with threats to entitlement programs.

Trump refuted this accusation in a subsequent interview with Breitbart News, asserting his commitment to safeguarding Social Security and Medicare, stating that any necessary adjustments would be made elsewhere.

However, Trump’s approach to addressing the impending funding shortfall of Social Security’s Old Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund remains unclear.

The fund is projected to deplete within approximately a decade, at which point Social Security will rely solely on payroll taxes to fund itself, currently covering around 77% of benefits.

Donald Trump (Credits: Dallas Morning News)

Biden has proposed a four-point plan to fortify Social Security, including raising the income threshold subject to Social Security payroll taxes and adjusting the formula for annual cost-of-living adjustments. Trump has not provided detailed plans for addressing the insolvency of the OASI Trust Fund.

During his presidency, Trump refrained from altering Social Security benefits or eligibility requirements, which was consistent with his predecessors over the past forty years.

However, there have been claims, as reported by GOBankingRates, suggesting that Trump’s budget proposals included reductions to Medicare and Social Security.

These claims referenced a 2019 Vox article analyzing Trump’s 2020 budget, which proposed spending cuts of $1.5 trillion on Medicaid, $25 billion on Social Security, and $845 billion on Medicare over a decade, intending to reduce benefits.

Whether these proposals would have materialized remains uncertain, especially considering Trump’s electoral defeat in 2020.

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