During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised to eliminate the national debt within eight years.
However, his first two calendar years in office have ballooned the debt.
The United States Treasury Department numbers show the debt is $2 trillion larger than the day Trump took office, CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller reported Wednesday.
“We’ve got to get rid of the $19 trillion in debt,” Trump promised as a candidate. “Well, I would say over a period of eight years. And I’ll tell you why.”
The debt now stands at nearly $22 trillion.
Numbers posted today by @USTreasury show the National Debt ended 2018 more than $2-trillion larger than on the day Pres Trump took office. It represents a 10% increase in the Debt on Pres Trump's watch. National Debt now stands at $21.974-trillion. 1/2# p #6_9 # ad skipped = true #
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As a candidate, @realDonaldTrump had pledged to eliminate the National Debt – then $19-trillion – within 8 years by "vigorously eliminating waste, fraud and abuse" and "growing the economic to increase tax revenues." The economy has grown, but so has the Debt. 2/2# p #8_9 # ad skipped = true #
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