Shortly after President Trump's Saturday news conference announcing several executive orders, numerous analysts and political figures falsely claimed that he'd announced plans to "permanently defund Social Security" and/or Medicare if he's re-elected.
Trump never said that.
President Trump did announce a temporary deferral of those taxes for some Americans as part of coronavirus economic relief.
The president also stated that if he's re-elected, he would like to make those cuts permanent.
His critics, including a flurry of people on Twitter, claimed Social Security would, in effect, be defunded as a result of cuts in payroll taxes.
What many people missed, and what was not mentioned in widely circulated articles in the New York Times and Washington Post, is that the deferral applies to Americans earning under about $104,000 a year.
Higher income earners and their employers still have to pay into the pot.
Portions of payroll taxes have been cut previously. Some raised questions about the potential impact on Social Security when President Obama cut payroll taxes.