After breaking so many promises, it seems President Donald Trump is making vows that are more achievable now. In fact, he's promising things that already exist.
During a rally in Iowa on Wednesday, Trump told a cheering crowd that he would "very shortly" sign into effect a law that would prohibit immigrants from receiving welfare for five years.
Here's the thing, President Trump: that's already been a law in the United States for over 20 years. With the exception of Cuban immigrants, who are immediately given refugee status, all individuals who immigrated to the U.S. after Aug. 22, 1996, are not able to apply for federal assistance programs, such as Medicaid and Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program benefits (also known as food stamps), until they have lived in the country for five years.
"Most qualified aliens entering the country on or after enactment are banned from receiving Federal means-tested public benefits for a period of 5 years beginning on the date of the alien's entry with a qualified alien status," reads the rules for applying for welfare benefits.
Additionally, the president made the bizarre and bigoted comment that he didn't want "poor people" running the economy. Of course he thinks that he, a man whose businesses consistently fail, and the many wealthy swamp creatures in his White House are a better fit for the job. His ego's big enough, why wouldn't he?
It's the kind of uneducated and sloppy nonsense we've come to expect from Trump. The only thing he seems to be decent at is putting his foot in his mouth, but he always has people more than willing to make excuses while trying to pull it out.
"The president was referring to policies he laid out both during his joint address to Congress and in his budget that promote a merit-based approach to immigration that requires self-sufficiency," a White House spokesman told The Washington Examiner about the president's proposal of a U.S. law already in effect. "That law is full of holes."
Sure, that's exactly what Trump meant.