Trump budget would add $54 billion to defense, cut same from domestic
Posted: 10:39 am Monday, February 27th, 2017
By Jamie Dupree
President Donald Trump will ask Congress to add $54 billion in spending for the military in his first budget, paying for that with offsetting cuts in non-security spending in the federal government.
“This defense spending increase will be offset and paid for by finding greater savings and efficiencies across the federal government,” the President said at the White House, as he said his budget would be one of “great rationality.”
“We’re going to do more with less,” Mr. Trump added. “The government must learn to tighten its belt.”
White House officials did not have any examples to give of where the President would cut spending, other than in foreign aid.
Reminder: Foreign aid is less than 1% of the US budget. (The average American thinks it is roughly 25%)