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Trump's budget nominee defends support for cuts to Social Security, Medicare

Trump's budget nominee defends support for cuts to Social Security, Medicare

President Donald Trump's nominee to become the nation's budget director, Rep. Mick Mulvaney , R-S.C., defended Tuesday his support of cuts to popular entitlement programs that Trump vowed to keep intact and emphasized that he would bring a "fact-based approach" to the role.

In appearances before the Senate budget and homeland security committees, Mulvaney acknowledged that several of his key positions on spending and the national debt directly contracted Trump's campaign pledges and statements made by some of the president's top advisers. But Mulvaney presented himself as a "straight shooter" and said he would continue to warn about the growing costs of Social...

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