President Trump reportedly shrugged off concerns over the ballooning national debt, telling senior advisers in an early 2017 meeting “Yeah, but I won’t be here” when presented with “charts and graphics layout out the numbers and showing a “hockey stick” spike in the national debt” set to occur “in the not too distant future.”
The alleged incident from nearly two years ago comes from the Daily Beast – citing “a source who was in the room,” which we note is anonymous – the standard operating procedure for most anti-Trump hit pieces. As such, one may want to take the report with copious grains of salt.
Citing another anonymous White House official, the Beast reports that President Trump hasn’t addressed the national debt “in a truly meaningful way, despite his public lip service.”
“I never once heard him talk about the debt,” said the totally anonymous source.
Then again, former Trump official Marc Short – who went on record, refutes the anonymously sourced suggestion over Debt worries – telling the Beast that he believed Trump recognized “the threat that debt poses,” as evidenced by the president’s repeated concerns over “rising interest rates.”
“But there’s no doubt this administration and this Congress need to address spending because we have out-of-control entitlement programs,” Short said, adding, “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.”
The Beast adds further to the notion that Trump is concerned about debt, however it’s ultimately up to the legislative branch which has the “power of the purse.”
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