BUDGET/DEBT: “At last week’s town hall event on CNN, the former president [Donald Trump], who has said very little about his party’s debt ceiling crisis in recent months, was quite candid about his position. ‘I say to the Republicans out there — congressmen, senators — if [Democrats] don’t give you massive cuts, you’re going to have to do a default,’ Trump said, failing to note which investments he wants to eliminate.

Over the weekend, by way of his social media platform, the frontrunner for the GOP’s 2024 nomination added that his party should proceed with default ‘Unless the Republicans get EVERYTHING they are asking for in terms of Cost Cutting.'”

-Steve Benen, “As budget talks ‘pause,’ Trump pushes dangerous default scheme,” msnbc.com, May 19, 2023