New budget guidance by the Trump administration sent to federal agencies on Monday laid out “historic” increases to defense spending to be financed by cuts to other agencies including the EPA and State Department.
The guidance, which is expected to be included in President Trump’s budget blueprint he will release in mid-March, calls to increase military spending by $54 billion.
“This budget will be a public safety and national security budget and will include a historic increase in defense spending to rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America,” Trump said during a meeting with governors in the White House. “This defense spending increase will be offset and paid for finding greater savings and efficiencies across the federal government. We’re going to do more with less.”