White House legislative affairs director Marc Short joins 'Meet the Press' host Chuck Todd to defend the Republican tax reform plan. Todd asks Short about promises the president made on the campaign trail that he would not allow any cuts to entitlement programs, and Short replies that the president intends to keep that promise.
Many Democrats, including Sen. Bernie Sanders, have said that the tax cut plan is only a prelude to cuts coming next year.
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TODD: I want to ask you about 2018. Speaker Ryan has said that he wants entitlement reform
to be a focus of 2018. Here's what the president promised on the campaign trail about entitlements.
TRUMP: Save Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security without cuts. Have to do it. Get rid of the fraud. Get rid of the waste and abuse, but save it.
TODD: Will that campaign promise be held by the president, no matter what Speaker Ryan proposes?
SHORT: Yes, that campaign promise will be held.
TODD: No cuts. No way anybody will interpret any reform of Medicare as a cut, he'll veto it?
SHORT: Keep in mind, what we tried to do when actually tried to repeal Obamacare would have had the single greatest entitlement reform in Medicaid to make sure that the program was preserved. It's an unsustainable path, so the president does not want...
TODD: The president didn't want to do any cuts there, but you did do cuts in Medicaid.
SHORT: We did because he was trying to protect the program.
And right now it's on an unsustainable path that will not -- that will not last.
TODD: So, without cuts, so that is a pledge he can't keep.
SHORT: On Medicaid, he has looked to make sure the program was preserved for future generations.