Trump Proposes to Boost Military Funding, Cut Domestic Spending

Donald Trump (Credit: Michael Vadon)

Trump Administration officials say the president’s budget will propose spending an additional $54 billion on defense while cutting almost every other domestic discretionary program.

The defense buildup that Trump repeatedly promised on the campaign trail would mark about a 10 percent spending hike. Under Trump’s proposal, most federal agencies would face budget reductions, an Office of Management and Budget official said. Foreign aid spending would also drop.

The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity at the White House’s insistence, did not say which federal departments would see the biggest cuts.

Speaking at a meeting with governors Monday, Trump said his administration will “do more with less and make the government lean and accountable.”

The budget “will include a historic increase in defense spending to rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America at a time we most need it,” Trump said at the White House.

Trump is expected to further outline his spending priorities in an address to Congress on Tuesday. A detailed budget plan is expected in mid-March.

We’ll have to wait how all this pans out when the administration releases its full plan. But, on the face of things, this doesn’t look real good for NASA, NOAA or the nation’s civilian science and technology programs.

  • ReSpaceAge

    Maybe Trumps plan is to cut NASA by canceling SLS AND fly near the moon using cheap SpaceX rockets.

  • passinglurker

    Republicans out of power: we can’t afford all this welfare and environments you need to be responsible with the nations money we might owe money to china who will come to collect on a loan some day!

    Republicans in power: Take all the money from the stuff we said we can’t afford in the first place and put it into the military. Also cut the tax revenue in half while we are at it. don’t worry america will prosper and more people will flock to us and pay taxes to compensate. By the way we are banning immigrants.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Trump’s like those boosters of the US Navy who argued that 9/11 happened because we went from 16 to 12 CV(N) battle groups under Clinton. These are people who can’t fathom the lessons of history. Pearl Harbor is what you get when you have a military peer. 9/11 is what you get when you don’t. They can’t accept that you’ll be attacked regardless at some point for something, hell anything. Trump and his ilk are the types of people who freak out at the concept of an outsider existing and thus spend open loop in military forces not tuned to any real threat. What’s to come of this? More programs like F-35 (at best), Littoral Combat Ship, Coast Guard Cutter fiasco of the early 2000’s, New Imaging Architecture intelligence satellite (Lockheed,Boeing,Lockheed,Boeing,Oh-hell we give up), Crusader mobile artillery, and the like. Spending on nothing. Can’t wait to see what Trump’s war is. I’ll bet it’s even better (worse) than Bush Jr’s. At least the Republicans finally came up with a way to make one of the Bush brothers look good in comparison.

  • Jacob Samorodin

    No!! You are wrong! Behave! And don’t disrespect Congressman Lamar Smith. Lamar Smith is a friend of President Trump, and of Michael Savage (you reading this, Doug? Don’t vomit, curse or gnash your teeth. Yea, I know you and Michael, who considers you one of the leftist vermin, are not exactly friends).
    Ignore the political spectrum for a second (I’m gonna have fun with this) because I have questions for you all?
    1) Did you know Lamar Smith loves space travel and rockets?
    2) Did you know that Congressman Lamar Smith would love to persuade President Trump to be the father of an interplanetary highway? ( an astrophysics concept first proposed apparently by Buzz Aldrin).
    3) Did you know that Congressman Lamar Smith is on the appropriations committee responsible for 61 billion dollars of your money of which NASA draws its share?
    So ALL OF YOU I admonish you don’t resort to name-calling, insults and disrespectful comments of the conservative Congressman from Texas who can theoretically and practically make or break NASA’s pet projects by opening up or denying funds to them.
    Get on his good side! Word gets around you know. The good Congressman from Texas does get email from folks like you and I. When was the last time you sent an email to him or any member of Congress?

  • mike_shupp

    Ah yes, and the good Congressman from Texas gets checks from Boeing and LMAC. When was the last time you sent a sizable campaign contribution to any member of Congress?

  • Jacob Samorodin

    I see you are a Trump supporter! Ha ha, i don’t care if Congressman Lamar Smith gets one billion dollar bribes as long as he supports NASA, spaceflights & promotes the proposal for an Interplanetary Highway.

  • Aerospike

    I want some of the stuff you had…
    Wait, no. I would rather not like any of that.

  • James

    Yes but people largely can’t accept the idea that you are always a target and nothing you do will make you safe.

    And explaining to people the idea that if you become weaker militarily you make the option of confrontation more likely is often just useless because well…..people don’t like to hear that.

  • James

    Thats EVERY party. Its called saying what people want to hear. Try saying the truth you don’t win elections.

  • passinglurker

    Just because everyone is a hypocrite doesn’t make it any less wrong or frustrating.

  • mike_shupp

    Four billion people on the internet and you’re the first to think I’m a Trump supporter.

  • publiusr

    More warmongering. Look carriers only exist for aircraft like F-35. For F-35 to fly first-strike missions–they need to carry munitions internally–munitions not a lot wider than a circle you can make with thumb and fore finger.

    And carrier groups move around and telegraph their punches

    Space war-fighters always wind up behind fighter jocks.

    Put conventional warheads on ICBMs/SLBMs.

    Cheaper.