According to Vox, Michael Grunwald’s profile published by Politico on Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney reveals a fascinating story reportedly from Mulvaney himself, in which the White House’s Chief of Staff boasted about tricking President Trump into cutting Social Security.
While Trump has promised his supporters that he would avoid cutting Social Security, Mulvaney, a hard-line conservative who wants to cut social assistance funding, reportedly wanted to get around the president by deceiving him.
“Look, this is my idea on how to reform Social Security,” Mulvaney reportedly said to Trump.
“No!” the president said. “I told people we wouldn’t do that. What’s next?”
“Well, here are some Medicare reforms,” Mulvaney said.
But Trump wouldn’t budge. “No! I’m not doing that.”
“OK, disability insurance.”
But, as Grunwald notes, “This was a clever twist. Mulvaney was talking about the Social Security Disability Insurance program, which, as its full name indicates, is part of Social Security. But Americans don’t tend to think of it as Social Security, and its 11 million beneficiaries are not the senior citizens who tend to support Trump.”
“Tell me about that,” Trump said.
“It’s welfare,” Mulvaney replied.
“OK, we can fix welfare,” Trump concluded.
And while what program constitutes as “welfare” is up for debate, Social Security Disability Insurance certainly falls under the category of Social Security—which is why it’s called “Social Security Disability Insurance.”
The Trump administration’s budget proposal announced huge cuts to Social Security Disability Insurance, and in response, Vox pointed out that the president was blatantly breaking his promise to leave Social Security as is.