White House: Climate Funding Is 'A Waste of Your Money'

We've heard a lot of criticism, for example, about different line items in the - in the budget blueprint from members of Congress.

[Trump's budget] smacks of Reaganomics back in the 1980s with a large increase in defense spending and hefty cuts for programmes which are created to help the poor.

"There is no question this is a hard power budget, it is not a soft power budget", the president's budget director, Mick Mulvaney, told reporters Wednesday.

"We don't know yet", he said.

"We consider that to be a waste of your money to go out and do that".

The core of the column argues that the budget will never pass Congress, but it sends a message to Americans and the world where the Trump administration values reside.

Mulvaney said Trump was committed to increasing certain areas of the budget, particularly defense, without adding to a deficit already projected to reach $488 billion in FY 2018, requiring reductions in a host of other areas.

The vast majority of the budget is made up by Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid - popular programs that Trump promised not to touch on the campaign trail.

The White House did not provide many details in its "skinny" budget proposal, a precursor to a more detailed budget submission the White House has said it will produce in May. And more than $400 would be cut from training programs for nurses and other health professionals.

The op-ed's author, Alexandra Petri, criticized the administration's proposed boost in military spending and cuts to federal agencies, including the state department and the environmental protection agency, and to arts and anti-poverty programs.

Trump officials say they too want to save the taxpayers money, and that the programs targeted for cuts are wasteful and ineffective.

"Well, this year", Mulvaney answered.

But the document does reveal the administration's priorities, and it signals to lawmakers that reductions to particular programs - or entire departments - will have support from the White House.

"The first thing I saw was the big cut to the NIH, the National Institutes of Health".

"Unfortunately, the budget does not include any proposals on mandatory spending or revenue and does not include any proposals or projections beyond 2018", the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget opined.

President Trump's first pass at budget reform has his critics screaming - clearly, a good start. Farmers will also feel a cut to statistical services they use to gauge the markets for their crops.

Congress, controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans, may reject some or numerous cuts to the U.S. State Department and Agency for International Development (USAID) budgets, which pay for everything from maintaining America's diplomatic corps to fighting poverty, promoting human rights and improving health in foreign nations.

The depth of numerous proposed cuts are staggering.

  • Salvatore Jensen