US President Donald Trump decides to skip White House press dinner

Carla Harmon
March 1, 2017

To pay for it, the Trump administration plans to cut the budgets of domestic agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency, the State Department, and various foreign-aid programs.

Donald Trump is seeking to boost the USA defense by $54 billion in his first budget proposal as president, according to Reuters.

Jonathan Katz, who until recently was the deputy assistant administrator of USAID, said that Mr Trump's proposed cuts could damage American interests and influence on the world stage. "It will include a historic increase in defense spending to rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America at a time we most need it".

Defense spending in the most recent fiscal year was $584 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office, so Trump's planned $54 billion increase would be a rise of 9.2 percent.

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The tentative proposals for the 2018 budget year that begins October 1 are being sent to agencies, which will have a chance to propose changes.

Trump will send his formal budget proposal to Congress in March.

In Congress, Democrats and some Republicans are certain to resist the cuts to domestic agencies, and any legislation to implement them would have to overcome a filibuster threat by Senate Democrats.

The officials requested anonymity because the draft budget had not been made public yet.

Trump promised to abolish President Barack Obama's "Climate Action Plan", refocusing the EPA towards clean air and water regulations.

In an interview on "CBS This Morning", the former Republican congressman from SC said that the administration is simply turning Mr. Trump's policies into numbers.

"We spend $6 trillion in the Middle East and we have potholes all over our roads", Trump said.

Donald Trump has gone against tradition in so, so many ways already during his presidency and now we can add one more way to that list.

The budget cuts used to fuel the wars Trump referenced are expected to impact social safety-net programs; however, White House officials say that Medicare and Social Security will not be affected. Those details will emerge from negotiations between Trump budget officials and the civilian agencies, which have been asked to propose ways to tighten spending. Mnuchin himself was only confirmed on February 13, while Trump's pick to head the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, received approval on February 16.

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