Semafor looked at an unreleased campaign video and found that former President Trump wants to cut government spending on his own.
In the video, Trump said he would use impoundment to get “every federal agency” to cut back on government spending. Trump, who attempted to use the Impoundment Act of 1974 to withhold funds from Ukraine during his presidency, would undoubtedly face constitutional and legal issues.
According to Trump’s statement in the video, “When I return to the White House, I will do everything I can to challenge the Impoundment Control Act in court, and if necessary, get Congress to overturn it.” We will change it.” By withholding funds that Congress had approved for Ukraine, Trump allegedly broke the Act in 2020, according to the Government Accountability Office.
The incident was a part of the first impeachment of Donald Trump, whom Democrats accused of withholding funds from Ukraine to get dirt on Joe Biden, who eventually ran for president in 2020 and defeated Trump.
The president can delay funding under the impoundment law, but Congress must approve the actual removal of funds that Congress has already approved.
In the video, Trump, currently running for president of the Republican Party, says that any cuts he wants to make to spending through impoundment would not affect funding for Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid.
After tense negotiations on Capitol Hill between Republicans and Democrats regarding the debt ceiling, spending decisions are looming over the presidential race. Biden and congressional leaders agreed just a few days before a possible default by the United States to cut government spending over the next year slightly.
These cuts were less than many GOP hardliners wanted. The same hardliners are now calling for even deeper cuts to spending than were included in that deal.