Donald Trump truly does not care about this job. He is a grifter taking advantage of presidential opportunities, just as his grandfather did. Trump’s ancestor came to the U.S. to escape the German military draft. Then, he moved out with the gold rush, not for gold, but because he wanted to offer them a hotel, restaurant, and ladies of the night.
Republicans were supposed to be the ones who cared about a balanced budget. Yet, this president shot the debt into the sky providing huge tax breaks for his friends and huge corporations with possibly another one to come. Typically, the GOP wants to cut the programs promised to American citizens, ones they helped purchase: Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid. POTUS liked that one.
Trump has been a reverse Robin Hood, giving to the rich and taking from the poor and the fast-diminishing middle class. Plus, he is not worried about the upward spiraling debt. The interest alone will soon outpace the entire cost of the U.S. military.
Advisers have tried to get POTUS to work on the $21.8 debt America owes others. When Trump figured out that he would be gone before the problem reached crises level, he said, according to The Daily Beast source:
”Yeah, but I won’t be here.’
A senior White House member who has since left said:
‘I never once heard him talk about the debt. He understands the messaging of it, but he isn’t a doctrinaire conservative who deeply cares about the national debt, especially not on his watch. It’s not actually a top priority for him… He understands the political nature of the debt but it’s clearly not, frankly, something he sees as crucial to his legacy.’
Marc Short was formerly Trump’s legislative affairs director. He believed that POTUS recognized “the threat that debt poses,” because he had been worried “about rising interest rates.” Short continued:
‘But there’s no doubt this administration and this Congress need to address spending because we have out-of-control entitlement programs. It’s fair to say that… the president would be skeptical of anyone who claims that they would know exactly when a (debt) crisis really comes home to roost.’
What Trump tells people at his rallies and even in Congress has been far from how he really feels. He has withdrawn from the Paris Climate Accord, the Iranian Nuclear Peace Treaty, and the TPP (Trans-Pacific Policy). The president will be long gone before he feels any ill effects, if ever.
The man sitting in the Oval Office has cut federal government back to the bone, through muscle and tissue. He wanted to kill Obamacare as part of paying down the U.S. debt. Just a month ago, he was working with his staff to find other cost-cutting measures.
Yet, when it came to signing off on any significant cost savings, he balked. Trump increased the military budget to $716 billion, buying many obsolete defense systems without serious accountability.
Should the financial crisis happen before he leaves office, by any chance, a source told The Washington Post he had a very simple solution:
‘He’d just say, run the presses, run the presses. Sometimes it seemed like he was joking, and sometimes it didn’t.’
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