FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 12, 2016

Contact:

Lacy Crawford, Jr., [email protected]
Linda Benesch, [email protected]

Statement on Donald Trump and Paul Ryan Meeting

(Washington, DC) —The following is a statement from Nancy Altman, co-director of Social Security Works, in response to today’s meeting between presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan:

“This week, Donald Trump’s camp signaled a willingness to cut Social Security benefits. Trump’s sudden departure from promising to protect Social Security benefits to a willingness to cut them is disturbing, though not surprising. Cutting benefits — dismantling Social Security brick by brick  is totally out of touch with the American people. However, it brings him in line with House Speaker Paul Ryan, who has a long history of trying to slash Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Are these the “shared principles” that Trump and Ryan are uniting around?”

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Social Security Works is the convening group in the Strengthen Social Security Campaign, a coalition comprised of more than 350 national and state organizations representing more than 50 million Americans from many of the nation’s leading aging, labor, disability, women’s, children, consumer, civil rights and equality organizations.