In a meeting with political and economic advisers at the White House Wednesday, President Donald Trump explained that the country’s present financial condition was “a mess” and promised to sort it out.
While emphasizing that he had been in office for only a month, he said, “The finances of this country are a mess, but we’re going to clean that up. I can’t take too much of the blame for what’s happened, but it is absolutely out of control.”
“We must do a lot more with less,” he stated. He also pledged every office of the cabinet will be held accountable.
Invited to the luncheon meeting were Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin. Joining the president were his senior staff: Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus and economic adviser Gary Cohn.
President Trump emphasized that the military had priority in terms of funding, and said he would renegotiate more federal contracts.
The President said, “Unfortunately, the budget that we’re inheriting, essentially inheriting is a mess. The finances of our country are a mess, but we’re going to clean them up. Things that we’ve been doing, including negotiating deals that have already been negotiated, so you call it renegotiating on airplanes and lots of other things, military items. We will end up getting many more planes free or we’ll save a lot of money but we’ve already saved a lot, billions and billions of dollars we’ve saved. We have enormous work to do as the national debt doubled over the last eight years. Our debt has doubled over a short period of time. I want the American people to know that our budget will reflect their priorities.”
“We’ll be directing all of our departments and agencies to protect every last American and every last tax dollar. “No more wasted money. We’re going to be spending the money in a very, very careful manner. Our moral duty to the taxpayer requires us to make our government leaner, and more accountable. We must do a lot more with less, and we must stop the improper payments and the abuses, negotiate better prices and look for every last dollar of saving. We’ve already imposed hiring freezes on nonessential government workers, and part of our commitment is to continue to do that for the American taxpayer,” Trump added.