Trump to call for $54B budget hike in defense spending

Previewing measures aimed at backing up campaign promises with dollars and cents, Trump promised a "public safety and national security" focused fiscal plan.

Trump to call for $54B budget hike in defense spending

World Bulletin / News Desk

President Donald Trump teased a budget plan Monday that includes a nearly 10 percent increase in defense spending and a "large reduction" in foreign aid.

An administration official said that Trump's plan would include a $54 billion increase in defense spending and a corresponding decrease in non-military programs.

"Most federal agencies will see a reduction as a result," the official said. There will be a "large reduction in foreign aid," he added, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Trump has put security threats front and center of his administration, insisting a muscular response is the only option.

He has promised to build a wall on the Mexican border, deport illegal immigrants and wipe jihadists off the "face of the earth."

His budget proposal -- which will be picked over and must ultimately be approved by Congress -- doubles down on that ethos.

It would substantially increase US defense spending -- already by far the highest in the world -- although there were no details about how the extra funds would be spent.

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