GOP chairman: Obama has 'worst record' on national debt

President Obama has “the worst record of any president when it comes to putting America deeper in debt,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusDems make history in Tuesday's primaries National Archives warns it can't fulfill Kavanaugh documents request until October Trump asks chief of staff Kelly to stay through 2020 MORE charged Tuesday.

Priebus’s claim comes days after the federal debt passed $18 trillion for the first time.

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The Republican leader blasted the accumulation of additional debt as “immoral” and said the recent midterm elections showed American voters were “tired of Democrats’ free-spending ways.”

“We literally cannot afford to continue Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe US must not turn its back on refugees Gorka calls Trump's comments on Mexican immigrants ‘fake news’  The queen, Aretha Franklin, is dead MORE’s policies,” he said.

The national debt stood at $10.6 trillion last year, and has risen by more than $7.3 trillion during Obama’s time in office.

Supporters of the president note much of that debt accumulation came in the early years of the Obama presidency, when a depressed revenue base from a recession that began during the previous administration greatly added to budget deficits. Obama responded to the crisis with a huge stimulus package that added to government spending, but which the administration argues helped the country weather the financial freefall.

Since then, annual budget deficits have fallen.

Melanie Roussell, a spokesperson for the Office of Management and Budget, said, “since taking office, the president has cut the deficit by more than half, and the president's budget policies would stabilize and reduce the debt as a share of the economy.”