‘Who the hell cares about the budget?’: Trump tears into critics of mounting federal spending and debt under his watch ,
Trump tore into critics of rising government spending and mounting debt under his watch,
“Who the hell cares about the budget? We’re going to have a country,” Trump reportedly said at a Friday fundraiser at his Mar-a-Lago estate.
The comments offer a remarkable window into Trump’s approach to federal spending as the debt and deficits have increased every year he’s been in office. Republican calls to rein in federal spending and curb the deficits have largely died down.
President Trump ripped into critics of rising federal spending under his watch, according to leaked audio files of a lavish fundraiser held at Mar-a-Lago on Friday.
“Who the hell cares about the budget? We’re going to have a country,” Trump said, according to The Washington Post, which published the remarks over the weekend.
The Post reported that he bragged about increasing the defense budget by at least $2.5 trillion, a sum that could be attained after adding several years’ of government defense spending. The Pentagon’s budget for the 2020 fiscal year totals $738 billion.
He also spoke about the dramatic events surrounding the killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani earlier this month and ridiculed environmental concerns, the report said.
The freewheeling comments offer remarkable insights into the president’s approach on federal spending and the debt, which barreled past $23 trillion late last year. However, Trump veered the opposite direction as president, and Republicans tempered their previous criticism.
Trump campaigned in 2016 on eliminating the federal debt in eight years and reining in the deficit, a key concern of Republicans throughout President Obama’s two terms in office. They often accused Democrats of being excessive spenders, which racked up the deficit.