Priebus affirms: No meddling with entitlements under Trump
“I don’t think President-elect Trump wants to meddle with Medicare or Social Security,” Priebus said. (Graeme Jennings/Examiner)
Incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus affirmed Sunday that President-elect Trump will not seek cuts to entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare, indicating that Trump won’t be swayed by congressional Republicans who have pushed to reform the programs.
“I don’t think President-elect Trump wants to meddle with Medicare or Social Security,” Priebus said in an appearance on CBS. “He made a promise in the campaign that that was something he didn’t want to do.”
Instead, Priebus suggested, Trump seeks to shore up the two programs’ finances by boosting economic growth and bringing jobs back to the U.S. from overseas.
On the campaign trail, Trump set himself apart from other Republicans by claiming that he would protect benefits, while they would shred them.
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Yet many of the people in the transition, including Vice President-elect Mike Pence and members of the landing team for Social Security, hold more conventionally Republican views on entitlement reform.
Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, has long favored a reform of Medicare for future retirees, one that would give beneficiaries funding to purchase approved private plans, along with an option for traditional Medicare.