The president intends to slash spending on many of the federal government’s most politically sensitive programs — on education, the environment, science and poverty — to protect the economic security of retirees and to shift $54 billion more to the armed forces.
Trump told governors in a White House meeting on Monday that his spending plan will be at the core of the speech he gives Tuesday night to a joint session of Congress.
"Trump appears determined to take sides in a generational struggle between older, sicker Americans who depend on the entitlement programs, and their younger, poorer counterparts whose livelihoods are shaped by the domestic programs likely to see steep cuts,” says The New York Times.
“I don’t know how you take $54 billion out without wholesale taking out entire departments,” says Bill Hoagland, a longtime Republican budget aide in the Senate and now a senior vice president at the Bipartisan Policy Center. “You need to control it in the area of the entitlement programs, which he’s taken off the table. It is a proposal, I dare say, that will be dead on arrival even with a Republican Congress.”