Trump proposes 10% increase in US defence budget

RSTV Bureau
File photo of US President Donald Trump.

File photo of US President Donald Trump.

President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal includes a substantial USD 54 billion dollar increase in defence spending, with corresponding cuts in foreign assistance and other non-military spending.

Highlighting what Trump has described as a “public safety and national security budget,” the plan raises national defence spending — already the highest in the world — by almost 10 per cent, an official said on condition of anonymity.

The proposal, which will be picked over by Congress, will have “a corresponding reduction in non-defence spending by 54 billion,” the official said.

“Most federal agencies will see a reduction as a result.”