To heck with arts, science: Trump proposes cuts in spending
President Donald Trump proposed drastic cuts in spending on the arts, science, foreign aid and environmental protection yesterday in a security-focused budget blueprint that could struggle to pass Congress.
Translating hardline campaign promises into dollar-and-cent commitments, the Republican leader proposed scrapping dozens of programmes such as public broadcasting and climate funding, while boosting Pentagon spending by $52-billion.
Trump, in the preface to the spending proposal, described it as "a budget that puts America first".
The State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency would be the biggest losers, seeing their funding reduced by about a third. That could be a harbinger of steep reductions in foreign aid and funding to UN agencies.
The national endowments for the arts and humanities would be scrapped and funding for the National Institutes of Health - a biomedical research facility - would be cut by almost $6-billion.
Around $4-billion will be earmarked this year and next to start building a wall along the US border with Mexico. Trump has repeatedly claimed that Mexico will pay for the wall - which will cost at least $15-billion.