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 PriebusBannon: Sessions an 'excellent' AG, Trump 'wrong' about recusal GOP lawmakers, top advisers have campaigned to stop Trump from firing Sessions: report Exclusive: Bannon says Rosenstein could be fired 'very shortly' MORE charged Tuesday.

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

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 ObamaOvernight Energy: EPA declines to write new rule for toxic spills | Senate blocks move to stop Obama water rule | EPA bought 'tactical' pants and polos Clarifying the power of federal agencies could offer Trump a lasting legacy Dems allow separation of parents, children to continue, just to score political points 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.”