Trump Cuts Scheduled Federal Pay Raise, Citing “Serious Economic Conditions”

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President Trump said he is cutting pay raises to help "put our Nation on a fiscally sustainable course."

President Donald Trump constantly brags that under his administration, the United States is enjoying the best economy in history — but he painted a different picture for Congress this week when he informed them of cuts to scheduled civilian federal employee pay raises.

Slate noted that the White House told lawmakers that the pending raise of 2.5 percent will be capped at 1 percent instead for 2021, and Trump offered what seems a bizarre rationale, given his constant boasting about the economy.

The president is ordering the cut on the grounds that the U.S. is facing a “national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare,” which the White House said allows Trump to “implement alternative plans for pay adjustments.”

Trump also reassured lawmakers that his cuts “will not materially affect our ability to attract and retain a well‑qualified Federal workforce.”

The announcement, and particularly Trump’s reasoning for the decision, causes one to wonder: Are we enjoying “the best economy in the history of economies or a national economic emergency?”

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