An advocacy group representing more than four million American retirees warned Thursday that President Donald Trump took a dangerous step toward \u0022single-handedly\u0022 dismantling Social Security by announcing he plans to sign an executive order suspending collection of the payroll tax as early as Friday afternoon.With congressional negotiations over the next Covid-19 stimulus package still at an impasse, Trump told reporters Thursday that executive orders to suspend the payroll tax, extend boosted unemployment benefits, and reestablish an expired eviction moratorium are \u0022being drawn now\u0022 despite questions over whether the president has the authority to unilaterally take any of those actions.\u0022Older Americans have earned their benefits through a lifetime of work. Their retirement security should not be put at risk because President Trump is mad at Congress for not bending to his will.\u0022 —Richard Fiesta, Alliance for Retired AmericansTrump said he expects to sign the orders \u0022tomorrow afternoon or maybe the following morning\u0022 if White House negotiators and Democratic leaders don\u0026#039;t reach a deal. Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress have rejected the idea of cutting the payroll tax, the primary funding mechanism for Social Security.Richard Fiesta, executive director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, said in a statement that \u0022after learning that Democratic and Republican congressional leaders would not go along with his harebrained scheme to cut Social Security\u0026#039;s dedicated funding source, President Trump lashed out and announced he would begin dismantling the system single-handedly.\u0022\u0022Seniors pay for their housing, food, and medicine with their Social Security, putting $1 trillion into our economy every year,\u0022 said Fiesta. \u0022Older Americans have earned their benefits through a lifetime of work. Their retirement security should not be put at risk because President Trump is mad at Congress for not bending to his will.\u0022The group\u0026#039;s 4.4 million members, he vowed, \u0022will fight this attempt to gut Social Security.\u0022BREAKING -- President Trump just betrayed seniors, ordering cuts in Social Security funding because Congress wouldn\u0026#039;t go along with his payroll tax cut scheme. Learn more here: https://t.co/43cZrKp0zQ #TrumpBetraysSeniors pic.twitter.com/UtgAMvdN0T— Alliance Retirees (@ActiveRetirees) August 6, 2020Progressive advocacy group Social Security Works tweeted Thursday that suspending collection of the payroll tax is \u0022defunding of Social Security, as a first step to cutting our earned benefits.\u0022\u0022And doing so by executive order is unconstitutional,\u0022 the group said.