Former president Barack Obama is blaming President Donald Trump for the “unpreviously unprecedented” budget proposals the Trump administration released Wednesday.
In a statement released Thursday morning, Obama criticized Trump’s proposed budget, calling it “the most ambitious and radical budget since Ronald Reagan.”
“President Trump’s budget is the most extreme and radical Budget that the country has seen in many decades,” Obama said.
“It would make a mockery of our fiscal system, undermine the rule of law, and gut the American middle class.”
Trump’s budget proposal, released Wednesday, is the first major piece of legislation to pass the House of Representatives in more than two decades.
The president said the budget would eliminate $1.4 trillion from programs across the government, slash domestic and international defense spending, eliminate billions of dollars in economic stimulus and roll back many programs for seniors.
“The budget that we passed today is the president’s most ambitious budget since Reagan,” Obama told reporters at the White House on Thursday.
“There’s no doubt about that.
This is the budget that President Trump has called for.
It is not what we would have done under President Reagan.”
The White House said the president plans to propose an 11 percent increase in the federal debt limit on Sept. 30.
“If Congress doesn’t act to raise the debt limit, the president will need to rely on his pen and his phone to try to raise that debt limit,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said in a statement.
“It is an absolute necessity.”
Obama said he expects to meet with Trump and other Republicans to discuss the budget proposals.
“There’s nothing that is going to happen in this Congress that we can’t negotiate on with Republicans,” he said.
The budget would cut funding for domestic programs, including education, food stamps, unemployment benefits and Medicaid, and cut funding from international aid.