Trump's $1.1 Trillion Budget Makes Dramatic Cuts to Federal Government

Trump's $1.1 Trillion Budget Makes Dramatic Cuts to Federal Government

Trump also flew to Nashville, Tennessee, to lay a wreath at the grave of former President Andrew Jackson and host a campaign rally.

In addition to a 28% reduction in the State Department's budget, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and other agencies could also see double-digit percentage reductions in their funding under the administration's plan, aides said Wednesday in previewing the budget.

Mulvaney, who unveiled President Donald Trump's budget blueprint Wednesday, said the proposed budget is based on Trump's campaign promises.

As Vox's Dylan Matthews explained, just because Trump released a budget does not mean his proposals will make their way into law.

The cuts and spending will not pay down any of the roughly $488 billion budget deficit the USA will see in 2018. "If they want to negotiate with the health and safety and future of the American people, then that's pretty cynical".

Transportation is among the biggest winners: Trump has proposed a 13.3pc spending increase in a bid to improve America's infrastructure. Still, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said he believes the "core diplomatic function" of the department remains intact.

"It is time to prioritize the security and well-being of Americans, and to ask the rest of the world to step up and pay its fair share", Trump said in a statement included in the budget, justifying what he described as "deep cuts" to foreign aid. "In fact, we wrote it using the president's own words". "We went through his speeches, his comments, we talked to him and we wanted to know what his policies were, and we turned those policies into numbers".

Mulvaney declined to say whether federal employees would be furloughed or laid off under the proposal, saying that departments would have wide flexibility to implement top-line cuts. Mulvaney told reporters that he had Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis' assurance that the funding would be spent wisely, but did not elaborate.

The Environmental Protection Agency is especially hard hit in Trump's proposed budget.

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Some foreign military grants would be shifted to loans. In order to pay for a wall on the southern border and heightened operations against the Islamic State, his administration is reportedly looking for substantial cuts to nondefense programs.

We haven't settled on construction types. "We haven't settled on where we're going to start". At the same time he plans to increase the money available to the U.S. military at the tune of 10 percent - a drastic step given that fact that the State Department budget pales in comparison to that of the Pentagon.

The Trump administration will also begin to unwind total funding for the Public Broadcasting Service in the 2018 budget.

"This is a budget blueprint", Mulvaney said, "not a complete budget".

In addition, Mulvaney said the administration wants to end federal support of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in the current spending year, which ends September 30.

The White House pulled money from foreign aid programs and other areas of the budget to fund higher spending on the military. The State Department's budget for the current fiscal year is $50 billion (47 billion euros).

"It's no different than every other family in America that has to make the tough decisions when they need to spend money somewhere, they have to cut it from somewhere else", Cohn said.

"That really poses a problem for Republicans who have had deficit reduction as one of their main items in their entire campaigns", said Bell, now with the Bipartisan Policy Center think tank. Trump's plan to eliminate community development block grants was dismissed on Capitol Hill by those who remember how a modest cut to the program sank a spending bill not long ago.