President Trump’s Budget Priorities Become Clearer

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The White House announced Monday morning that President Trump will propose increasing the defense budget by 10% or $54 billion. This increase in spending will be offset by corresponding reductions to discretionary non-defense spending. Details regarding what the increase in defense spending will be used for or what other programs will be cut were not shared. An official from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) stated the current thinking is to allow the Pentagon to spend the additional $54 billion as they see fit. The statement issued by the White House quoted President Trump as saying the budget would …read more

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