Trump opens the door to attacks over Social Security and Medicare: From the Politics Desk

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Welcome to nan online type of From nan Politics Desk, an evening newsletter that brings you nan NBC News Politics team’s latest reporting and study from nan run trail, nan White House and Capitol Hill.

In today’s edition, elder nationalist governmental newsman Sahil Kapur notes really Donald Trump has opened himself up to attacks connected Social Security and Medicare. Plus, elder governmental editor Mark Murray explains why Joe Biden is ramping up his run activity this week.

Trump gives Biden a target by talking entitlement programs

By Sahil Kapur

Donald Trump stepped correct into a statement Monday that Joe Biden is eager to have.

Trump, who had attacked his GOP superior opponents for wanting to walk little connected entitlement programs, opened nan doorway to “cutting” Social Security and Medicare during an question and reply connected CNBC.

“So first of all, location is simply a batch you tin do successful position of entitlements, successful position of cutting,” Trump said erstwhile pressed astir his scheme for resolving nan programs’ semipermanent solvency problems. He went connected to blast “bad management.”

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Trump didn’t specify what he would cut, but nan Biden run quickly swooped successful to stock nan remarks on societal media, saying: “Not connected my watch.” 

A fewer hours later, Biden tore into Trump during a reside successful nan battleground authorities of New Hampshire. “If anyone tries to trim Social Security aliases Medicare, aliases raise nan status property again, I will extremity them,” nan president said. “This morning, Donald Trump said cuts to Social Security and Medicare are connected nan array again.”

Trump’s run sought to cleanable up his remarks, telling NBC News he only meant “cutting discarded and fraud.” Trump spokeswoman Karoline Leavitt besides circulated a connection claiming that Biden is nan existent threat to nan 2 programs, claiming that his “mass penetration of countless millions of forbidden aliens will, if they are allowed to stay, origin Social Security and Medicare to buckle and collapse.”

Democrats spot a large opportunity present to onslaught a populist tone, arsenic nan statement that created Social Security and Medicare and has been historically unified successful protecting nan programs, and arsenic Biden seeks to boost his sagging canvass numbers. Progressives shouted Biden for taking nan violative complete nan issue, and they’ve called connected him to champion Social Security description .

 Republicans are much divided, pinch galore calling for addressing early reddish ink by reducing semipermanent benefits pinch policies for illustration raising nan status property and utilizing a little complaint of inflation. Biden has emphatically ruled retired use cuts. In his caller White House fund released Monday, he identified immoderate circumstantial taxation increases connected precocious earners and connected nett finance income to resoluteness nan semipermanent shortfalls.

Trump has positioned himself against blimpish orthodoxy connected cutting entitlements, but he hasn’t identified a plan. His run didn’t reply questions from NBC News astir really he’d statement up nan programs, whether taxation increases are connected nan array and really overmuch he would prevention by cutting discarded and fraud.

Biden puts nan pedal to nan metallic arsenic he seeks a post-State of nan Union bump

By Mark Murray

Last week was a large 1 for Biden pinch his State of nan Union address. 

But whether he tin move canvass numbers successful his guidance successful nan early stages of nan wide predetermination could make this week big, too, arsenic he ramps up his run activity. 

Just look astatine this week’s schedule: The president was successful New Hampshire connected Monday to talk little wellness attraction costs and for a run event. On Tuesday, Biden is group to clasp a run gathering pinch Teamsters members arsenic he seeks nan union’s endorsement. He will recreation to 2 much battleground states, Wisconsin and Michigan, connected Wednesday and Thursday. And astatine nan White House, he is scheduled to meet pinch nan leaders of Poland connected Tuesday and nan premier curate of Ireland connected Friday up of St. Patrick’s Day.

Then there’s nan activity complete nan airwaves, pinch Biden touting his administration’s policies and moreover discussing his age, lightheartedly, successful a caller 60-second TV ad. “Look, I’m not a young guy. That’s nary secret,” nan 81-year-old president says to nan camera. “But here’s nan deal: I understand really to get things done for nan American people.”

And complete nan weekend, nan president sat down for an question and reply pinch MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart and said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “hurting Israel” and that he regretted calling nan man charged pinch sidesplitting Laken Riley an “illegal” successful his State of nan Union speech. 

This stepped-up activity comes aft Biden received disapproval for not having a vigorous schedule and robust nationalist presence. In fact, Biden has conducted less news conferences and media interviews than immoderate of his caller predecessors.

It besides comes arsenic typical counsel Robert Hur is group to attest Tuesday earlier nan House Judiciary Committee connected his findings successful his investigation into Biden’s handling of classified documents. Hur declined to complaint Biden pinch a crime, but besides concluded that nan president had “willfully retained and disclosed classified materials” and called him an “elderly man pinch a mediocre memory” — a explanation Biden and his friends disputed. 

And it comes arsenic polling 8 months earlier nan wide predetermination finds Biden (at best) moving moreover pinch Trump and (at worst) trailing nan erstwhile president, albeit usually wrong nan separator of error.

The large question: Does this ramped-up activity by Biden — much events, caller TV ads, a sit-down question and reply — construe into a stronger canvass position, moreover astatine nan margins?

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