There are longstanding questions as to Donald Trump, who can’t spell basic words in his Twitter posts and appears to only know three adjectives when he gives speeches, might be at least semi-illiterate. But now we may have to begin questioning whether he can do math either, because the budget released by his White House is off by around $2 trillion.
If you look closely at the numbers in Trump’s newly released budget, you’ll find that they don’t add up, as reported by Axios and others (link). Trump’s White House used math of the 2+2=6 variety in order to make the numbers look like they add up when they don’t. And worse, now that they’ve been called out on it, Team Trump is saying that it used the phony math on purpose.
And then, as if it were a scene straight out of a Monty Python sketch, Donald Trump’s budget director Mick Mulvaney tried to blame President Obama for the fact that Trump’s White House is using phony math in its budget.
Despite zeroing out funding for a number of key social program for the middle class and low income Americans, Trump’s budget still manages to explode the deficit due to the sheer size of tax cuts aimed squarely at the wealthy and major corporations. And that’s before getting to the $2 trillion error. Follow Palmer Report on Facebook and Twitter.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report