President Donald Trump repeatedly warned during his 2016 campaign that America’s expanding national debt posed a threat to the country and promised to slash deficits if he was elected.
But the national debt has only continued to grow under the Trump administration.
The federal government ran a deficit of $739 billion in the first eight months of Fiscal Year 2019 (October 2018-May 2019), according to figures released by the U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday.
The deficit over those eight months is almost equal to the $779 billion deficit for the entire 2018 fiscal year, Treasury reports show. The deficit for the month of May alone was $208 billion — 42 percent higher than the May 2018 deficit.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects an $896 billion deficit over the full fiscal year.
The total national debt stood at $19.5 trillion when Trump took office — just under $9 trillion of accumulated during the Obama administration. The debt currently sits above $22 trillion, and deficits are only expected to grow.
The yearly deficit will exceed “$1 trillion each year beginning in 2022,” according to the CBO’s most recent projections.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders did not return a request for comment. (RELATED: Obama Mocked Trump’s Presidential Ambitions. Trump Spent His First Year Dismantling Obama’s Legacy)
As a presidential candidate, Trump often warned about the threat posed by the national debt and promised to lower it.
When Trump launched his campaign in June 2015, he vowed to “reduce our $18 trillion in debt, because, believe me, we’re in a bubble. We have artificially low interest rates. We have a stock market that, frankly, has been good to me, but I still hate to see what’s happening. We have a stock market that is so bloated.”
“We owe $19 trillion as a country and we’re gonna knock it down, and we’re gonna knock it down big league and quickly,” Trump said at a New Hampshire rally in October 2015. “We’re gonna stop our deficits and we’re gonna do it very quickly,” he added.
“We are right now sitting on a bubble that’s going to explode and it’s going to be a real bad situation, and we better get rid of the debt and we better straighten ourselves out because we have debt on debt on debt,” he said at an April 2016 campaign rally in Wisconsin.
I am “the king of debt.”That has been great for me as a businessman, but is bad for the country. I made a fortune off of debt, will fix U.S.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2016
January 2009 = $10.6 TRILLION
August 2016 = $19.4 TRILLION pic.twitter.com/dKAVaLfGAJ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2016
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2015
He said he could eliminate the entire national debt in just eight years.
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