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 US president seeks to increase country's military spending by $54 bn

U.S. President Donald Trump is going to propose boosting military spending by $54 billion and reducing spending by the same amount across much of the rest of the government.

As reported by Censor.NET citing The New York Times, White House officials said on Monday, Feb. 27.

In remarks to the nation's governors during a White House meeting, the president said he would propose a "public safety and national security" budget for the coming fiscal year that prioritizes the military and other public safety requirements.

"This budget follows through on my promise to keep Americans safe," Mr. Trump said. "It will include an historic increase in defense spending to rebuild the depleted military of the United States."

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He added that the budget would send a "message to the world in these dangerous times of American strength, security and resolve."

He also said that the increases in military spending were required to ensure that the United States emerges victorious when it engages in wars with adversaries around the globe.

"We have to start winning wars again - when I was young, in high school and college, people used to say we never lost a war," the president told the governors. "We need to win or don't fight it all. It's a mess like you have never seen before."

A senior budget official told reporters that most federal agencies would experience a reduction as a result of the increases in military spending. The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said foreign aid would face a significant decrease.

The official did not explain why foreign aid, which is a very small fraction of overall government spending and is connected to security concerns abroad, was being targeted for steep reductions.

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The budget outline is an early effort by the new administration to make good on Mr. Trump's campaign promises to drastically reduce government spending in Washington while significantly increasing resources for the military.

Mr. Trump's proposals will shield entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security from cuts, according to White House officials.

But the increases in military spending will be offset by calls for deep cuts at the Environmental Protection Agency, the State Department and social safety-net programs, the officials said.

The president's detailed spending plan is still weeks away, and the specifics of what he proposes will face intense scrutiny in Congress, where Republicans are likely to seek changes and Democrats are certain to try to block it.
 
 
 
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