Joe Scarborough Accuses Donald Trump of Spending Taxpayer Dollars 'Like a Drunken Socialist'

Joe Scarborough has accused President Donald Trump of spending taxpayer money "like a drunken socialist" in an attack on the commander-in-chief's economic record.

The host of MSNBC's Morning Joe called President Trump's trade-war aid payments to farmers "the biggest Socialist farm payoff scheme ever" in a tweet Monday, responding to details from a Bloomberg article reporting on trade-war aid payments to farmers.

He also dubbed the government under Trump as the most "bloated" and "expensive" ever and hit out at tariff hikes resulting from the U.S-China trade war.

Early this moring, the MSNBC host tweeted: "Trump owns the biggest federal debt ever, the biggest pork-barreled budget ever, the most bloated, expensive government ever, the biggest tariff tax hike ever, and the biggest Socialist farm payoff scheme ever. Trump spends taxpayers' money like a drunken socialist."

Scarborough's comments came in reaction to another tweet by The Washington Examiner's Jay Caruso, who pulled a calculation from a Bloomberg article on aid payments to farmers reporting that $28 billion had been spent on farm rescues so far as a result of the U.S-China trade war.

In the exchange of tariff increases on select products, the U.S. agriculture sector has taken a hit as China has lifted import fees on American products such as beef and apples.

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MSNBC "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough speaks during an event in the McGowan Theater at the National Archives on July 12, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

According to Bloomberg, the trade war has seen the value of U.S. agricultural exports to China drop from $19.5 billion in 2017 to $6.6 billion in July this year.

But the aid provided to farmers by President Trump to counteract tariff costs is not of unprecedented size in U.S. history. For instance, The Washington Post reported that between 2001 and 2006, the U.S. government paid more than $95 billion in agricultural subsidies, or roughly $19 billion a year.

That figure is way in excess of the $28 billion in trade-war aid payments made by the Trump administration thus far.

But Scarborough was right to say that federal debt has reached a record high under President Trump, as it was revealed earlier this year that the size of America's national debt reached $22 trillion at the end of last year.

The federal budget deficit also came close to breaching the $1 trillion mark in 2019, coming in at $984 billion for the fiscal year, according to Treasury Department stats. It is forecast to rise to over $1 trillion by the end of the 2020 fiscal year.

Newsweek has contacted the White House for a response to Scarborough but did not receive a response by time of publication.

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