Trump: ‘Under no circumstances’ should Republicans cut Social Security or Medicare

Former President Trump on Friday urged Republicans in Congress not to cut “a single penny” from Medicare or Social Security, a notable warning as some GOP lawmakers prepare

to use the debt ceiling debate as leverage to try and secure spending cuts. “Under no circumstances should Republicans vote to cut a single penny from Medicare or Social

Security to help pay for Joe Biden’s reckless spending spree, which is more reckless than anybody’s ever done or had in the history of our country,” Trump said in a recorded video

statement posted to Truth Social. The former president, who in November launched a 2024 White House campaign, called for cuts to a slew of other areas, including funding

for “corrupt foreign countries,” “climate extremism,” “left-wing gender programs from our military,” and “waste, fraud and abuse everywhere we can find it.” He lambasted

Biden’s spending agenda, though the national debt increased by roughly $7 trillion during the Trump administration. “While we absolutely need to stop Biden’s out of

control spending, the pain should be borne by Washington bureaucrats, not by hard-working American families and American seniors,” Trump said. “The seniors are being absolutely

destroyed in the last two years.” The former president’s message about protecting Social Security and Medicare is consistent with his previous comments on the issue. But

Friday’s video dropped as Republicans in Congress are readying for a fight over raising the debt limit, with some conservatives arguing cuts or reforms to Social Security and

Medicare should be on the table in order to balance spending.