On Monday during a Cabinet meeting, President Trump hinted at a major welfare crackdown.
“Some people are really taking advantage of our system,” said Trump. “And we are going to be looking very, very strongly therefore at welfare reform.”
“People are taking advantage of the system and then other people aren’t receiving what they really need to live,” continued the president. “And we think it’s very unfair to them.”
President Trump said he is looking for ways to reduce government spending heading into the next budget season, including “welfare reform” ideas.
He did not specify what he would aim to do to overhaul the system.
Trump highlighted welfare reform as he promoted his administration’s efforts to reduce government spending, even aside from the welfare changes he seeks. He said Cabinet officials would work with Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney to make their departments “as lean and efficient as possible” while still having “heart.”
In May, the Trump administration proposed a fiscal 2018 budget that would chop federal spending by $3.6 trillion over a decade.
During his 2016 presidential campaign Trump said, “We want to get our people off of welfare and back to work,” He continued, “So important. It’s out of control. It’s out of control.”