Trump to propose military buildup, cuts in foreign aid in first address to Congress

In his first major address to Congress, President Trump will deliver a prime-time “message to the world” Tuesday night by proposing a robust military buildup and corresponding cuts in foreign aid, State Department operations and domestic programs.

The president will ask a joint session of Congress to boost national security spending by $54 billion, an increase of about 10 percent, to rebuild what Mr. Trump calls the “depleted” military, and to hire more Border Patrol agents and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

“This budget will be a public safety and national security budget,” Mr. Trump said Monday, giving a preview to the nation’s governors during a White House meeting. “This is a landmark event, a message to the world in these dangerous times, of American strength, security and resolve.”

By proposing a corresponding $54 billion cut in non-defense programs, White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said, Mr. Trump is calling for “the largest proposed reduction since the early years of the Reagan administration.”

3 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Chuck says:

    Have been asking for elimination of foreign aid for years. Not reductions. Elimination. We even give aid to Mexico and about a hundred and thirty other nations. It is time we stop the “Marshall Plan” for the world while we wallow in dept and cannot fund our needs. I certainly hope he carries through and drastically reduces or eliminates all foreign aid in any form.

  • Jean Langford M. says:

    GREAT NEWS !!!

  • justinwachin says:

    I’ll look forward to seeing his budget. We’ve got to start making cuts. If we can’t cut $54 billion we will never be able to get to a balanced budget. The Republicans have spent the past few election cycles promising to return the nation to fiscal responsibility. We gave them control of Capitol Hill and the White House. It is now time for them to keep their promise.

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