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    President Donald Trump tapping US congressman Mick Mulvaney as White House budget director may indicate a break from campaign promises to preserve Social Security and Medicare, Senator Bernie Sanders said on Tuesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Mulvaney, tapped to become Trump’s Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), has supported Republican plans to slash Medicare by turning it into a voucher-like program for future retirees.

    "I’m very concerned Rep. Mulvaney’s nomination means Trump doesn’t intend to keep promises to not cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid," Sanders said in a Twitter post.

    Mulvaney has repeatedly stated that both Social Security and Medicare entitlement programs are cost-inefficient and advocated for considerable reforms.

    The US congressman is scheduled to appear before the Senate Budget Committee for his confirmation hearing on Tuesday.

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