President Donald Trump seemingly can’t resist a chance to lash out at a political opponent, which is not exactly a good sign for the stability of the United States under his so-called leadership. This Monday, at a White House summit with governors from across the United States, when Utah’s Republican Governor Gary Herbert spoke up with a question, the president first cut in with yet another mockery of the state’s also Republican Senator, Mitt Romney, who was the only Republican to vote to convict Trump on either of the articles of impeachment. Trump has spent days lashing out in response.
This time, before Herbert could get out his question, Trump interjected:
‘How’s Mitt Romney? You keep him. We don’t want him… You’re doing a great job in Utah, by the way.’
In a video of the event, Herbert sounds like he replied by simply noting that he’d not spoken to Romney recently.
President Trump: "How’s Mitt Romney? You keep him, we don't want him." pic.twitter.com/LetQQ6DlWT
— The Hill (@thehill) February 10, 2020
Besides Romney, Trump has also recently zeroed in on West Virginia’s moderate Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, who voted for conviction. In response, Trump — who you’d hope might have even a shred of dignity, considering he is the president of the United States — mockingly dismissed him as “Joe Munchkin.”
This time around, when Herbert actually got a chance to get his question out after the president’s meltdown, he questioned him on plans to balance the budget, which — based on the record of what’s actually happened — conservatives seem to love to talk about and hate to actually do.
‘States need to balance their budget so that we don’t spend more than we take in. And I know you’ve unveiled your budget today, and I know a concern for you is the growing debt. I know we’ve nonpartisan economists talk to use as governors and say this is going to come back and bite us in the future if we don’t do something about it. What are we doing?’
Trump had just about nothing but vague platitudes in response. He even seemed to struggle with the very basic piece of information of how long the budget balancing plan that he was referencing would take to implement.
‘We’re putting out a plan today that over a period of — not that long a period of time, brings our budget and our deficit down to what it should be, which is close to zero. And I think people are going to be very impressed by it. We’re not touching Medicare — we want to keep Medicare. We’re not touching Social Security. We’re making our country stronger again. We’re not decreasing Medicaid.’
He went on from the above to also call out “tremendous waste and tremendous fraud” that he’d supposedly be taking on. Trump sounds like he’s just grasping at straws and doesn’t actually know what he’s talking about. Besides, in reality, no matter the pompous posturing about a supposed maintenance of Medicaid’s capabilities, his new budget proposal does subtract massive amounts of cash from the program, making these comments yet another lie from the president.
Here are the *additional* cuts to Medicaid: "modernize Medicaid and CHIP" "Medicaid community engagement requirement"
This is national work requirements designed to throw people off coverage by burying them in paperwork. pic.twitter.com/EQ8fLLHHkk
— Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) February 10, 2020