Trump Eyes Defense Spending Boost Through Cuts to Other Agencies
By cutting $54 billion from the collective budgets of government agencies dealing with trade, the economy and nonviolent crime, President Trump plans to increase defense spending to one of the highest levels in history.
Donald Trump took his America First agenda to his first budget proposal and conflated american prosperity with defense spending.
President Trump is suggesting cuts to every non-defense related government agency in the U.S. totaling about $54 billion dollars, which is intended to fund an equal increase in defense spending.
While the “budget blueprint” totals $1.1 trillion, about a quarter of President Obama’s last $4.1 trillion budget proposal for fiscal 2017, Trump’s total comes by way of extraordinary cuts to several government agencies, including the Commerce, Labor and State departments, and the wholesale elimination of funding for agencies and programs like the Trade and Development Agency, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Overseas Private Investment Corp.
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