The president once promised he wouldn’t be “like every other Republican” who wanted to cut Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.

President Donald Trump said he’s considering making changes to social safety net programs like Social Security and Medicare “toward the end of the year,” suggesting he is open to the cuts long pushed by conservatives.

Trump’s comments to CNBC on Wednesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, are a change from his past promises to Americans that he would leave those programs untouched, although his administration has pushed to downsize them. Given the enormous popularity of the programs, even hinting at entitlement cuts is typically the third rail of politics, particularly in an election year. Democrats have warned that Trump might do more to decrease the social safety net, and he just confirmed they’re right.

Jack Burt

Inverness