The United Nations’ monitor on poverty is blasting President Trump‘s policies, accusing him of systematically tearing apart the social safety net that helps Americans in poverty, while warning that Trump’s actions are likely to exacerbate inequality, according to The Guardian.
“This is a systematic attack on America’s welfare program that is undermining the social safety net for those who can’t cope on their own. Once you start removing any sense of government commitment, you quickly move into cruelty,” UN special rapporteur Phillip Alston said.“If food stamps and access to Medicaid are removed, and housing subsidies cut, then the effect on people living on the margins will be drastic,” he added.
Alston said that struggling Americans now face “ruination” due to the prospect of losing access to healthcare, while some could face “severe deprivation” of food.
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His final report on extreme poverty in the U.S. was published on Friday and will be presented to the UN human rights council later this month. The report is based on findings from Alston’s tour through some of America’s poorest communities.
Alston criticized Trump and the GOP for the tax law enacted in December, saying that the “the policies pursued over the past year seem deliberately designed to remove basic protections from the poorest, punish those who are not in employment and make even basic health care into a privilege.”
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), a potential 2020 presidential candidate, told The Guardian that the report is “disturbing, but unfortunately not surprising.”
Alston’s also criticized work requirements for welfare recipients, proposed cuts to the food stamps program, and a proposal from Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson that would triple the rent for Americans on housing assistance.
“This is an across the board attack on those who are living on the poverty line or below it,” Alston said.