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>> US unemployment is at an 18 year low, wages are starting to rise, tax cuts are giving a small boost to consumer spending power, and the stock market is doing its part to boost the wealthy. But according to a United Nations human rights investigator, Americans who live under the poverty line aren't benefiting.
According to the report, the poor are simply getting poorer under President Trump. The UN's Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty cites, Trump's policies for widening the inequality gap by removing the safety net from millions through reduced welfare benefits and access to healthcare, while rewarding the rich through tax reform that's resulted in, quote, financial windfalls for the mega-rich and large companies.
According to the study, almost 41 million Americans live in poverty, and nearly half of those are living in extreme poverty. One out of every three poor Americans is a child, which translates into the highest youth poverty rate among the industrialized world. The findings, based on studies conducted in several US states, and from US census data, are to be presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council, later this month.