Fox News host Tucker Carlson suggested President Donald Trump’s willingness to support gas tax increases might be a clear-cut indication that he is not interested in running for re-election.
“What if Donald Trump had decided he’s had enough? Too many investigations, too much nastiness, too few upsides. It wouldn’t be a crazy conclusion,” Carlson asked during a Thursday night edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
He went on to offer a variety of reasons why the president might be souring on a re-election bid, including Trump’s support for gas tax increases and cuts to Medicare.
“Let’s see, he might start by proposing more than half a billion dollars in Medicare cuts. That’s something that nobody outside the libertarian symposia circuit really wants to see. Then he’d slash funding for the E-Verify program that would allow companies to keep hiring illegal alien labor in violation of a key campaign promise,” Carlson said, referring to a series of ideas people in Trump’s world floated recently. (RELATED: Trump Just Endorsed Raising The Gas Tax By 25 Cents)
Carlson also suggested Trump could “release a bunch of drug dealers back onto the streets” in the middle of the drug epidemic, and continue military intervention in Syria.
Trump’s 2020 budget proposal suggested cuts to governmental programs. In particular, the president is seeking a roughly $1.9 trillion cut to programs, including major cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.