The Trump administration proposed increasing defense spending by $54 billion; non-defense spending will be cut to make up the difference. The White House sent a topline budget proposal which could be used as a guidepost for spending levels for 2018.
The Office of Management and Budget says most federal agencies will see a reduced amount and lower priority items will be cut.
President Trump said in a MSN press conference, “We must see to it that our courageous men and women have the tools they need to deter war and when called upon it to fight in our name only do one thing … win. We have to win. We have to start winning wars again. When I was in high school and college, America never lost … Now we never win a war. We don’t fight to win. So we either gotta win, or not fight it at all. But here we are almost 17 years of fighting in the middle east and … six trillion dollars we have fought in the middle east. That’s just unacceptable. And we’re nowhere. We’re less than nowhere. The middle east is far worse than it was 16 or 17 years ago. It’s no contest. We spent six trillion dollars and we have a hornets’ nest. You’ve never seen anything like it before. We’re nowhere. So we’re going to straighten it out.”
The amount is slated to go to the Pentagon. No specific offices were named.
Trump’s budget, set to release mid-March, alters the set of spending rules, known as the sequester which set a cap on discretionary spending across the federal government.
President Trump said he wants to forge ahead with “a historic increase in defense spending to rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America.”
The $54 billion bump in defense spending is a 10-percent increase from 2016 levels but could be difficult to pass in Congress.