WH: Trump Not Elected to Spend Time With Reporters and Celebrities

United States officials say Donald Trump's administration is proposing deep cuts in spending for diplomacy and foreign aid programmes to help pay for increased military spending.

"This budget will be a public safety and national security budget", Trump said during a bipartisan gathering of USA governors at the White House on Monday 27 February. It is unclear which projects, such as money for peacekeeping or refugees, will see the deepest cuts, but others should be expected at the US State Department and Environmental Protection Agency.

He has also said he would not seek cuts in programs such as Social Security and Medicare.

On Monday, the White House said it would request $54 billion more in military spending for next year. "We are going to start spending on infrastructure big". "So we're either going to win, or don't fight it at all". "If you read the New York Times, if you read the New York Times, it's-the intent is so evil and so bad".

"I'm very much opposed", McCain told reporters when asked for his view of proposed State Department and aid cuts.

According to a 2016 report, the US military budget is approximately $597 billion-as much as the budgets of the next 14 top-spending countries combined.

"If we go down that road, that's a decision AG Sessions can make at the time", said Rep. Tom Cotton from Arkansas.

Discussing the announcement, Mr Trump called his plan a "public safety budget" which was based on his campaign promises.

SunTrust Robinson Humphrey analysts said the proposal was about $20 billion above their expected Trump-base budget and gives them confidence that the defense sector is entering a secular upcycle.

His plan to ramp up military spending is part of a budget proposal to Congress, which, while it is controlled by his fellow Republicans, will not necessarily follow his plans.

In the current fiscal year, the State Department and USAID received $50.1bn (£40.4bn), a little more than one per cent of the total federal budget.

Trump's unacknowledged problem is that Congress and The Budget Control Act of 2011 established annual caps for each category and prohibited offsetting increases in one by reducing spending in the other. Trump often railed against what he described as the agency's burdensome regulations and has vowed to slash regulations throughout the federal government, a plan he has argued would be an even bigger boon to USA businesses than a tax cut - which he also hopes to deliver on.

The White House budget office issued a statement confirming that an interim budget submission will be released in mid-March but declining to comment on an "internal discussion".

  • Larry Hoffman