Biden makes vow after Trump threatens to gut welfare programs

Goffstown, New Hampshire - Joe Biden clashed with Donald Trump over health care and social benefits on Monday as the president unveiled a new budget plan during a visit to New Hampshire.

President Joe Biden promised to protect welfare programs in the US after his rival Donald Trump threatened to institute cuts.
President Joe Biden promised to protect welfare programs in the US after his rival Donald Trump threatened to institute cuts.  © REUTERS

Trump, who is seeking a comeback to the White House, said in an interview on Monday that he would back cuts to social spending.

"There is a lot you can do in terms of entitlements in terms of cutting," he told CNBC.

The Republican was asked about the possibility of cuts to the three pillars of US social welfare: Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

Trump hush money trial heads toward final act as court preps for closing arguments
Donald Trump Trump hush money trial heads toward final act as court preps for closing arguments

Biden hit right back in an event in Goffstown, New Hampshire, accusing Trump of backing measures that would favor wealthy Americans.

"The bottom line is, he's still at it," the 81-year-old said. "I'm never going to allow that to happen. I won't cut Social Security, I won't cut Medicare."

Biden's comments came after he published an ambitious 2025 budget proposal that included a tax hike on billionaires and plans to strengthen social spending programs.

The budget is almost certain to be dead on arrival in the sharply divided US Congress but was designed to highlight his policy differences ahead of his likely rematch with Trump.

Biden takes credit for "American comeback"

Trump said there was a lot he could do "in terms of entitlements in terms of cutting."
Trump said there was a lot he could do "in terms of entitlements in terms of cutting."  © REUTERS

In New Hampshire, Biden accused Trump of wanting to cut taxes on the rich and said his own economic and social policies had sparked an "American comeback."

"I believe we're moving into a future where health care is a right, not a privilege in America," said Biden.

Less than eight months out from the November 5 election, Biden and Trump have gone into full battle mode after they both dominated their parties' Super Tuesday primaries last week.

Cori Bush issues defiant response to Israel lobby spending push: "Not for sale"
Politicians Cori Bush issues defiant response to Israel lobby spending push: "Not for sale"

The Democrat is now embarking on a tour of battleground states, riding the momentum from a well-received State of the Union speech on Thursday that zeroed in on Trump.

The 77-year-old, who has been branded a threat to democracy, was impeached twice while in office and now faces four criminal indictments, including two for trying to overturn the election result four years ago.

Cover photo: Collage: REUTERS

More on Joe Biden: