Trump to propose 10 percent spike in defense spending, major cuts to other agencies

Trump to propose 10 percent spike in defense spending, major cuts to other agencies, by Abby Phillip.

President Trump will propose a federal budget that would significantly increase defense-related spending by $54 billion [10%] while cutting other federal agencies by the same amount, an administration official said. …

But without providing specifics, the administration said that most other discretionary spending programs would be cut to pay for it. Officials singled out foreign aid, one of the smallest parts of the federal budget, saying it would face “large reductions” in spending. …

In a statement at the White House on Monday morning, Trump said that his budget would put “America first” by focusing on defense, law enforcement and veterans using money previously spent abroad. …

The vast majority of federal spending comes from programs Trump can’t touch with his budget. Social Security costs totaled about $910 billion last year, and Medicare outpaced defense spending with a total cost of $588 billion. Medicaid, interest payments on debt and miscellaneous costs made up an additional $1.2 trillion. …

Trump noted that the country faces an urgent infrastructure problem, which he promised during the campaign that he would address with a $1 trillion infrastructure spending plan. Although the administration has not yet outlined whether infrastructure will be part of Trump’s budget proposal, the president spoke about it at length … on Monday. …

“We spent $6 trillion in the Middle East, and we have potholes all over our highways and our roads.”