President Trump said Sunday that his plan to order payroll tax cuts through an executive order could be permanent and would have “no impact” on Social Security benefits.
Speaking to reporters before boarding Marine One, Trump said his comprehensive proposal to boost the economy through cuts in the midst of the coronavirus crisis would in no way affect the long federal program.
“This will have no impact on Social Security,” Trump said, adding that the program would be complemented by the General Fund. “We protect Social Security.”
Trump – who said last week he could order payroll tax cuts to raise workers’ wages after widespread pay cuts ̵1; added the cuts “could be permanent” but did not elaborate.
Asked about cuts to the US Postal Service – as the country prepares for a presidential election that can rely heavily on mail-order voting – Trump said the new official postmaster simply wants to improve it.
“[The Post office] has lost massive amounts of money, “Trump said. He added that postmaster General Louis DeJoy is a good man who” wants to make him successful. “
DeJoy, a North Carolina businessman who donated millions to the Trump campaign, eliminated redundancy for thousands of workers and made other budget cuts after he took over in June.
On Sunday, Trump also said he had “a very important call this morning with Lebanon” to discuss providing “substantial” aid to the country after its capital Beirut suffered a devastating explosion on Tuesday.
“A lot of things were worked out … a lot of places will help,” he said.