OMB official: Trump budget to add $54 billion to defense spending

U.S. President Donald Trump walks to the Oval Office after returning to the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, on Feb 24, 2017. The budget officials on the call ignored requests to put the briefing on the record, even though Trump on Friday decried the use of anonymous sources by the media. During the campaign, Trump said he would replace America's seven current tax brackets with four (0%, 10%, 20% and 25%), do away with tax loopholes for the very rich, eliminate the so-called "death tax", reduce the business tax rate to 15% and end deferrals for taxes on corporate profits earned overseas.

Budget allocations for respective federal departments will be sent later on Monday, and the proposal will be released in March.

"We're going to do more with less and make the government lean and accountable to the American people", Trump said. 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.

President Trump tweeted his decision to skip the event Saturday. But first there's an April 28 deadline to finish up the unfinished spending bills for the ongoing 2017 budget year, which is nearly half over, and any stumble or protracted battle could risk a government shutdown then as well. "We're going to be talking about it tomorrow night during the speech".

Laura Dowling, who served as chief White House floral designer under the administration of former US President Obama for six years, said she thinks the event is an exciting time. E&E News and Politico reported the cut would reduce the EPA's budget to 1991 levels and staffing reminiscent to the mid-1980s.

The U.S. jobless rate also does not differentiate between high-quality and low-quality jobs, and economists say numerous jobs created in recent years are low quality and low pay.

"We will increase security and we will decrease lower-priority programmes".

One of the officials said Trump's request for the Pentagon included more money for shipbuilding, military aircraft and establishing "a more robust presence in key worldwide waterways and chokepoints" such as the Strait of Hormuz and South China Sea. With political reporters in the room and national television cameras recording, Trump admitted to both groups that he's been stunned by the complexity of major health care reform since taking office - despite his repeated campaign claims that he would have a "terrific" replacement plan for the law known as Obamacare.

  • Salvatore Jensen