Trump Releases His First Budget Blueprint: Here Are The Winners And Losers

Tyler Durden's picture

Update: echoing comments made by Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the top House Democrat said that the Trump budget proposal is "dead on arrival."

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Today at 7am, Trump released his "skinny budget", his administration's first federal budget blueprint revealing the President's plan to dramatically reduce the size of the government. As previewed last night, the document calls for deep cuts at departments and agencies that would eliminate entire programs and slash the size of the federal workforce. It also proposes a $54 billion increase in defense spending, which the White House says will be offset by the other cuts.

“This is the ‘America First’ budget,” said White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, a former South Carolina congressman who made a name for himself as a spending hawk before Trump plucked him for his Cabinet, adding that “if he said it in the campaign, it’s in the budget.”

In a proposal with many losers, the Environmental Protection Agency and State Department stand out as targets for the biggest spending reductions. Funding would disappear altogether for 19 independent bodies that count on federal money for public broadcasting, the arts and regional issues from Alaska to Appalachia. Trump's budget outline is a bare-bones plan covering just "discretionary" spending for the 2018 fiscal year starting on Oct. 1. It is the first volley in what is expected to be an intense battle over spending in coming months in Congress, which holds the federal purse strings and seldom approves presidents' budget plans.

Trump wants to spend $54 billion more on defense, put a down payment on his border wall, and breathe life into a few other campaign promises. His initial budget outline does not incorporate his promise to pour $1 trillion into roads, bridges, airports and other infrastructure projects.  The budget directs several agencies to shift resources toward fighting terrorism and cybercrime, enforcing sanctions, cracking down on illegal immigration and preventing government waste.

The White House has said the infrastructure plan is still to come.

That said, Congress controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans, is likely to reject some or many of his proposed cuts with some republicans calling the budget "dead on arrival." Some of the proposed changes, which Democrats will broadly oppose, have been targeted for decades by conservative Republicans. Moderate Republicans have already expressed unease with potential cuts to popular domestic programs such as home-heating subsidies, clean-water projects and job training.

Trump is willing to discuss priorities, said Mulvaney. "The president wants to spend more money on defense, more money securing the border, more money enforcing the laws, and more money on school choice, without adding to the deficit," Mulvaney told a small group of reporters during a preview on Wednesday. "If they have a different way to accomplish that, we are more than interested in talking to them," Mulvaney said.

The defense increases are matched by cuts to other programs so as to not increase the $488 billion federal deficit. Mulvaney acknowledged the proposal would likely result in significant cuts to the federal workforce. "You can’t drain the swamp and leave all the people in it," Mulvaney said.

A visual summary of the proposed budget changes is shown below, courtesy of Reuters:

The biggest losers:

Trump asked Congress to slash the EPA by $2.6 billion or more than 31 percent, and the State Department by more than 28 percent or $10.9 billion. Mulvaney said the "core functions" of those agencies would be preserved. Hit hard would be foreign aid, grants to multilateral development agencies like the World Bank and climate change programs at the United Nations.

Trump wants to get rid of more than 50 EPA programs, end funding for former Democratic President Barack Obama's signature Clean Power Plan aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions, and cut renewable energy research programs at the Energy Department. Regional programs to clean up the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay would be sent to the chopping block.

Community development grants at the Housing Department - around since 1974 - were cut in Trump's budget, along with more than 20 Education Department programs, including some funding program for before- and after- school programs. Anti-poverty grants and a program that helps poor people pay their energy bills would be slashed, as well as a Labor Department program that helps low-income seniors find work.

Long reviled by conservatives, the Internal Revenue Service would get a $239 million cut, despite Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s request for more funding. The Education Department would receive $1.4 billion to invest in public charter schools and private schools, even as its overall budget is cut by 14 percent. But other numbers appear to contradict some of Trump’s top priorities. One of his campaign pledges was to work to cure diseases, but the National Institutes of Health will reportedly see $5.8 billion slashed from its budget.

Trump calls for a 13 percent cut to the Transportation Department, which would ostensibly play a big role in Trump’s promised infrastructure overhaul. That includes $500 million from the TIGER grant program, which provides funding for road and bridge projects.

Trump's rural base did not escape cuts. The White House proposed a 21 percent reduction to the Agriculture Department, cutting loans and grants for wastewater, reducing staff in county offices and ending a popular program that helps U.S. farmers donate crops for overseas food aid.

And the winners

White House officials looked at Trump's campaign speeches and "America First" pledges as they crunched the numbers, Mulvaney said. "We turned those policies into numbers," he said, explaining how the document mirrored pledges to spend more on the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal, veterans' health care, the FBI, and Justice Department efforts to fight drug dealers and violent crime.

The Department of Homeland Security would get a 6.8 percent increase, with more money for extra staff needed to catch, detain and deport illegal immigrants. Trump wants Congress to shell out $1.5 billion for the border wall with Mexico in the current fiscal year - enough for pilot projects to determine the best way to build it - and a further $2.6 billion in fiscal 2018, Mulvaney said.

The estimate of the full cost of the wall will be included in the full budget, expected in mid-May, which will project spending and revenues over 10 years. Trump has vowed Mexico will pay for the border wall, which the Mexican government has flatly said it will not do. The White House has said recently that funding would be kick-started in the United States.

The voluminous budget document will include economic forecasts and Trump's views on "mandatory entitlements" - big-ticket programs like Social Security and Medicare, which Trump vowed to protect on the campaign trail.

“There is no question this is a hard-power budget,” said Mulvaney. “It is not a soft-power budget.”

The budget requests $1.5 billion to detain and remove undocumented immigrants, and $314 million to hire 500 new Border Patrol officers and 1,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

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Ink Pusher's picture

First step: Nationalize the FED.

Arnold's picture

It's all on the Congress Critters.
They will be found lacking.

Especially now that Rand Paul is a declared commie.
(not declared by him though.)

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

The USA is a
Lemon socialism

, which is worse than communism.

Singelguy's picture

The cut of $5.8 billion to the NIH will be offset by publc private partnerships. Why does the taxpayer have to pay to find cures which are then given to big pharma so they can charge the consumer crazy prices? It is totally corrupt and insane. Pharma is making billions in profits. Let them invest their profits in R&D instead of buying back stock.

Arnold's picture

To kill the MBA s you must stop the source.
Then it will be a long recovery.

Hyjinx's picture

Pharma spends shitloads on R&D already. NIH also funds basic science that has no clear profit to it but could provide new insights which in time may provide useful products and breakthroughs. No private money for that kind of work.

peterk's picture

You just cant wrte this stuff.. its comedy central.... The entire nation is  going bankrupt

from govt to  the average  clown on the street, and your increasing defence spending  to 10 times

that of  russia.

Just like the  cold war bankrupted  the USSR, NOW its time for the  defence dept to BANKRUPT the USA

Arnold's picture

Like it or not, our manufacturing base that we have left is that type of hardware.
Blackhawks, for instance, are being manufactured all over the world now.

Boeing same same.
Shipyards?, less than one hand.

Avionics and electronics, same same.

The Real Tony's picture

Well Trump said he'd normalize interest rates and presto rates have already been normalized. The next move of course will be a cut in the Fed funds rate. Just like I thought the guy is nothing but a blatant liar. The circus sideshow should be interesting as it unfolds in the future. So much for any of his promises.

Gohigher's picture

No mention of the military industrial complex living within their means?
Or shifting resources from wall street to fund the military that protects us all ?
You know..... patriotic sacrifice by the banksters ? For the children.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

this is tipping the toe in the water for Trump.. to see what happens, My God not PBS!

think of the children!!

UN and EPA next year go to 0 if he can get most of these cuts this year..

but How brave of Him to cut PBS..for years his base has wanted this

planned abortionist who kick back to Dems ..lets hope they get Nothing..


ToSoft4Truth's picture

"lets hope"


Are you plagiarizing a certain former president? 

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

 and change know the kind we can believe in..draining the swamp is an 8 year project..remember that when nay sayers start the bs about him selling out.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Bohner really would have repealed Obamacare....  he just needed a little more time.... 

peterk's picture

Just like the  cold war bankrupted  the USSR, NOW its time for the  defence dept to BANKRUPT the USA

peterk's picture

Just like the  cold war bankrupted  the USSR, NOW its time for the  defence dept to BANKRUPT the USA

peterk's picture

Just like the  cold war bankrupted  the USSR, NOW its time for the  defence dept to BANKRUPT the USA

peterk's picture

Just like the  cold war bankrupted  the USSR, NOW its time for the  defence dept to BANKRUPT the USA

ronaldwilsonreagan's picture

No need to read this . The Military Industrial complex wins big. Everybody else including Trump supporters lose. We have the most expensive least efficient military in history. We could be stronger by cutting the pentagon budget in half, defend america first and give up on Globalism. That is not what Trump has in mind.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

Exactly.  People think of Trump as the "anti-globalist" politician, but in fact he is just globalism from a different angle.

I hope people wake up to that fact.  The proof is in the puddin, with regards to his proposal of increased spending for MIC

DelusionsCrowded's picture

Yes its sad to see Trump pandering to the institutions that have brought the Republic unstuck .

Fiat Burner's picture

Reshuffle the swamp.

Cut the fucking military-industrial complex welfare too. Then I'll take you seriously.

GotAFriendInBen's picture

Trumpy wants to get those lakes and rivers flaming again

Going long paper masks

Impeach this fool before he destroys 50 years of progress


Trump wants to get rid of more than 50 EPA programs, end funding for former Democratic President Barack Obama's signature Clean Power Plan aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions, and cut renewable energy research programs at the Energy Department. Regional programs to clean up the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay would be sent to the chopping block.

ToSoft4Truth's picture

Do you think we should invest in Monsanto?

nevertheless's picture

Exactly, and we see the idiots praising him for it. Their naivete would be reasonable had they grown up in some distant land, but growing up in America should educate people as to the power of corporations and Zionists over our politics.


It speaks to the power of tribalism, and mass manipulation, how people would praise attacking the EPA, instead of making it a better organization, they would have us scrap it. Because we all know corporations are about helping people and caring for our health, FUCK OFF!


But these same idiots race to suck Trump's ....because he wants to spend more on a military that is already draining dry. 


I love the idea of what America could be, but it's citizens are far too stupid and self righteous to ever make it so. Both the left and the right are two sides of the same Pavlovian experiment, and both equally deranged. 

peterk's picture

Remember   ATHENS vs SPARTA  ,  Sparta was a ll militaristic, they won the war with athens

but eventualy  sparta  faded away and  Athens lived.... remindeds me of  the military indstrial compex in USA

.. US won the cold war.. but now its time fade away.

maybe  China is the new Athens.

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

China is playing the long game.  They can sustain a state of war much longer than USSA+Europe could.  All they have to do is cover up and wait for us to punch ourselves out.  They have been doing that economically already.

China's collective unconcious wants to shake the title of "sick man of asia."  There's a lot of resentment there, underneath the surface. 

Hyjinx's picture

China sucks and would blow it in any real war. They aren't as smart as people think, just copycats and collectivists.

DelusionsCrowded's picture

Better to keep your mouth shut than show ignorence .

hooligan2009's picture

china is also a totally bankrupt communist state that has swallowed the failed libtard dogma of printing fiat and "produce and the demand will follow" mantra  - it is a matter of time before china gets a huge does of industrial disease

DelusionsCrowded's picture

There on the way up . They have unity and a destiny and they are now all pulling together . The West is in a crisis . If history is any guide it will be the first of many convulstions on the road to chaos via tryanny .

nevertheless's picture

Great analogy, sadly America is already showing it's decline.

Trump was a last gasp for hope, but he is showing himself to be another Zionist warmongering puppet who only pushes America closer to her doom. 


We know we have paid for one disastrous (and totally immoral) military intervention after military intervention in the Middle East, and have got nothing in return.

We know Israeli/Zionist forces have a strangle hold over American foreign policy.

We know those same forces have a strangle hold over the MSM/Entertainment industries who creates enemies out of one side of it's mouth while praising Israel out of the other. 

We know our infrastructure is falling apart, but we can't pay for it because we spend too much on the military.

We know corporations/wall street are all about money/power and will do anything to acquire more. 

Yet, even though we can prove everyone of those tenets, people here still praise Trump, and desire the destruction of the EPA and increased spending on the military. 


The one truth is this, people are easily manipulated when you divide them, and pit them against each other. Sadly, Zionists have known and implemented the divide and conquer method for decades in America, and we see the disastrous consequences everyday.


DelusionsCrowded's picture

When (if the West doesn't nuke them ) China becomes like Singapore , I believe they will build a system based along Switzerlands , if they do they will be solid for 500+ years . Switzerland had an extremely stable form of Gov untill the Eu force its borders open .

cherry picker's picture

In Canada I see government offices aplenty and many pick up trucks with Federal or Provincial insignias on them.  They are not the cheap trucks, many of them 4 x 4 and look well equipped.  Gas is around a $1 liter, yet we are supposed to be a country with plenty of fuel.

Cigarettes are over $15 CA a pack.

It ain't cheap living here, supporting a government that loves to spend on 'experts' and giving to those who don't work but like having babies.

I see these pickup trucks always clean and filling up with $140 worth of gas at the local gas station.

Then I go buy some aspirin for the headache I got and see the GST on the receipt, the government hosing me for pain relief?

This big centralized robbery system has to go.  Problem is the younger generation have been brain washed well and are used to following the dictates and do not realize what is happening.  They also do not have a clue what liberty means.

I don't want a civil war or violence, I want to return to some sense of reason.  What we have today is the welcoming committee to the insane asylum.

nevertheless's picture

Just to put it into perspective:

Canada's Military budget is some $17.6 Billion (Canada's National Debt: $1,200,000,000,000.00)

America's Military budget is around $711.0 Billion, and Trump thinks we need more (America's debt: $19,918,000,000,000.00

So far America has spend OVER $4.2 Trillion on Israel's Middle East wars (does not even come close in the cost to our morals or our lives, which are incalculable).

And when you factor in the cost of the DEA, CIA, FBI, and other aspects of so called "Homeland Security", and bank bailouts, you basically see why America is going down the shitter (Oh and of course $38,000,000,000.00 for Israel, for what who knows).


But cutting the EPA is a great start, that way when they numbers of America's dying of starvation and exposure, there won't be a government agency to complain how we dispose of the bodies. 

DelusionsCrowded's picture

The Yougers spend all their time looking at Facebook etc on their mobil phones and obsessing . Most are the product of a 3rd rate education system . If your parents havent got their shit together , children haven't got a chance .

RagaMuffin's picture

Republicans are just Democrats that have not come out of the closet     ;-)

hooligan2009's picture

i stick to me view that "drain the swamp" will not be happenning until there is a near certainty of a fiscasl surplus for a protracted period (ten years) in order to pay down debt.

i am still unhappy that robotics, AI and other "7th" generation weaponry is not at the core of cutting military spending by at least 50% whilst increasing the effectiveness of military power by 50% - this is a sure sign of bakward thinking.

toe in the water this may be, but i am desparate to see a psychology of building self-funding infrastructure plans with the government creating a better scoring system for such projects via a "bridging loan" (sic) methodoly and detailed monitoring of planning, building and maintenance.

it would be great to see infrastructure built via 3d printing of bridges, roads and airports, with the foundations of infrastructure being well thought out to be earthquake, tsunami, EMP, severe weather (e.g. tornado/blizzard/thunder ice/hurricane proof.

i am not holding my breath as thisd would require a congress to be fully in tune with the modern world instead of its" fossil fuel" MSM - fossil fuel = fuel for the elderly glazi statesmen and women.

Wahooo's picture

Orange Guy is juicing us. 10% across the board cuts annually in each of the next four years or he's not serious. There should not be growth funding anywhere in the federal budget.

Robert Trip's picture

Where's my tax cut, the one i voted for?

I can't see a bigger priority than that.

Our wonderful Congress with the 7% approval rating with the same assholes inhabiting it as before see otherwise, big time.

After 8 years of bending over it looks like it's time to bend over again. There always seems to be something more important than giving our own American taxpayers a fucking break..

nevertheless's picture

We need a bigger military budget to help bring in the Israeli century.


They demonize the EPA and such, so people are OK with gutting it, then use that money to funnel more into military spending, unbelievable. 

We don't already spend enough, but they create these fake enemies, so they can wage their real Zionist wars. While America goes deeper and deeper in debt. 

SummerSausage's picture

EPA does a fine job demonizing itself without help from your undefined "they".

Get rid of all the bureaucrats.

nevertheless's picture

Then change the EPA leadership to do a better job, but the idea that we need to cut our environmental protections is asinine, and sounds like a Koch brother's meme. 


Our drinking water is being contaminated by fracking as well as lead from old water systems, just for starters. 


Your a fool, the MEDIA DICTATES REALITY, NOT THE TRUTH!  The powers that be can demonize Mother Teresa if they so desire, and fools like you will lap it right up. You have no concept of what rules America and how EVERYTHING we are given is propaganda. 

If an illegal Mexican immigrant rapes and murders a American woman, but the media does not cover it, did it ever truly happen, not by your standards. Everything reported, or not reported, is part of a carefully scripted narrative, and the idea that anyone would cheer cutting EPA while adding to an already hyper bloated military budget is about as bright as thinking a fat ass Casino mogul from NYC will be anything but a proxy for the Jewish Zionist Mafia. 

SummerSausage's picture

There is NO JUSTIFICATION for the EPA in the Constitution.

Get rid of it and let the states decide if they want to regulate puddles in their state.

SummerSausage's picture

First budget in 8 years.  Obama never had a budget  - just "continuing resolutions" and Graham was complicit in letting that illegality perpetuate.

I'd sunset everything that's being cut and see if it really needs to be added back - person by person.

So pass the damn thing and cut more next year.

shimmy's picture

An America first budget means slashing money on almost all things domestic while increasing it for the military? That makes sense.  

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

domestic?? like UN , state dept? oh you mean abortionists and NGO's , got it.

Raul44's picture

He is right though. Budget this disproportional can only be reasoned during major war like WW3. And those in red are much more than UN deps arent they? Dont you care more about health service, agriculture, transportation, energy, infrastructure, engineering etc. rather than military? To me, this is very bad budget period. Spending ratio on military is out of reality.

SillyWabbits's picture

The Founders despised “true” democracy... they understood it to be a failed and flawed construct, which is why they gave us a Republic and a Constitution.

Sadly their posterity is largely so ill educated and ill-informed that most who worship at the altar of democracy forget to pray for liberty.

A large military and liberty are seldom carried in the same portmanteau.

The question becomes: if Trump wants a much larger military, what will Congress insist he trade in terms of freedom and liberty to get it?

All in the name of democracy and our safety, of course.

“The adoption of Democracy as a form of Government by all European nations is fatal to good Government, to liberty, to law and order, to respect for authority, and to religion, and must eventually produce a state of chaos from which a new world tyranny will arise.”
Duke of Northumberland 1931