Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley tweeted her disgust with a report on the U.S. budget deficit surpassing $1 trillion in the first 11 months of the current fiscal year in three words on Twitter: “This can’t continue… .”
The Treasury Department on Thursday announced the $1.07 trillion budget gap since Oct. 1, the start of the federal government’s fiscal year. The amount was 19% higher than the $898.1 billion in the previous period, Bloomberg News reports.
September is the final month of the fiscal year — and it typically produces a surplus because quarterly tax payments are due, which could lower the overall figure, according to Bloomberg.
The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the 2019 budget deficit will be $960 billion.
Haley, 47, was known as a budget hawk as the Republican South Carolina governor.
In June 2016, four months before President Donald Trump nominated her to the U.N. post, she cut $41.1 million in spending in the state budget in 51 vetoes, arguing that they were earmarks, pork barrels and pet projects.
Haley resigned during her second term to accept Trump’s appointment.