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Trump’s First Budget Seeks Deep Cuts To Everything But Military, Border

President Trump unveiled his 2018 budget proposal Thursday, providing the clearest view yet of the policies he wants to use to deliver on his campaign promises. The plan includes a $54 billion increase in defense spending and a substantial bump for border security, while calling for deep cuts to most federal agencies, including roughly 30 percent cuts at both the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department. Trump’s chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, has said Trump’s spending plan would aim to “dismantle the administrative state.” The president’s budget is considered a window into Trump’s thinking but it stands little chance of being enacted, as Republican congressional leaders have said major elements of the budget will be dead on arrival in Congress.

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