Trump’s tweet about Social Security is “factually inaccurate and misleading”

White House deletes tweet about Social Security after Twitter adds fact-check

After the White House tweeted out a pro-Social Security message, which the Social Security Administration said was “inaccurate,” on Friday, the White House deleted the tweet about three hours later, according to NBC News.

“The President has been clear that increasing Social Security benefits is an important issue for our economy,” said Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary. “He has been very clear through all of this that our goal is to fix the system, raise the retirement age, and he made it very clear that he would fight for Social Security, while also fighting for other priorities like funding our military.”

The deleted tweet was part of a statement released by the White House just before 1 p.m. on Friday afternoon. “In my address, I laid out what I believe the future of Social Security is going to be,” President Trump said then. “Social Security is not going to be what it was during the Obama Administration. I believe the system is going to be changed. We’re going to be replacing the system with a much, much better one.”

The Twitter account @WhiteHouseSpox tweeted the original message — which began: “Congress should increase Social Security benefits by $50 per month to reduce out-of-pocket costs for seniors.” — but then took it down within a minute and tweeted a quote from the letter in which Trump urged lawmakers to raise the Social Security retirement age.

The tweet on Friday was not the first time that Trump has attacked Social Security, which benefits the elderly, over the past two years. He said then that he would “stop raising Social Security to the rate of increase” after the program raised its retirement age for the first time in decades.

This week, Trump suggested that Social Security might not be such a good thing if Washington is spending more than it takes in.

On Friday, the Social Security Administration said the White House tweet was “factually inaccurate and misleading,” and said it was working to address the error. While the president tweeted an inaccurate and misleading claim about Social Security, he is a beneficiary.

Trump first suggested Social Security

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