Trump unveils election-year budget plan

A copy of President Donald Trump's proposed 2021 budget is seen on Capitol Hill Monday

A copy of President Donald Trump's proposed 2021 budget is seen on Capitol Hill Monday

The White House plans to unveil the budget blueprint for the fiscal year starting on Oct 1 at 12.30pm eastern time, but administration officials confirmed key figures from the document over the weekend.

Another $3.2 billion will be allocated for hypersonic weapons development programs in the next fiscal year, an increase of nearly $0.5 billion from 2020.

President Donald Trump on Monday proposed $740 billion as the country's national security budget for 2021, with an eye on China and Russian Federation that are on a military modernisation programme that poses a challenge to the United States.

"The president disagrees with the idea that we should continue to have such robust levels of funding in the foreign aid category", Russ Vought, acting director of Office of Management and Budget, told reporters on February 10. About $3 billion of that is earmarked for development of new human landers to advance Trump's ambition to send USA astronauts back to the moon by 2024 and, eventually, to Mars.

Despite the cut, the Trump administration has said it remains committed to the Navy's state goal of growing the Navy's fleet to 355 ships in an effort to keep pace with China. "Humanitarian assistance is still, under this budget with carry-over funding, going to be the second highest that the USA has ever provided to the world".

The proposal would also slash food stamp spending by $181 billion.

Vought called on House Speaker Pelosi to work with the administration on an infrastructure package, something that has remained elusive over the first three years of the president's term and expressed hope that the administration could find a way forward in working with Congress on drug pricing reform in the year ahead.

"It is likely that Congress will restore much, if not all, of the cut and, of course, the amounts in question are infinitesimal relative to the government's annual deficit and overall debt situation", Giselle Donnelly, said resident fellow in defense and national security at the American Enterprise Institute. "Proposing such reckless cuts to our critical foreign policy tools isn't a serious proposal". That could include a middle-class tax cut, and it doesn't have a price tag.

The SNAP cuts in Trump's budget are both massive and immediate.

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Israel's ambassador to the UN Danny Danon accused Abbas of being unrealistic and said peace was not possible while he remained in power.

"What we believe that, at the end of the day, it's time to rethink how we do foreign aid in this country, that we need to move beyond the reality of spending money for a Bob Dylan statue in Mozambique, for the NASA Space Camp in Pakistan, for the professional Cricket League in Afghanistan".

"What we've secured over three years has required the mission critical requirements along the southern border and we are going to continue to request funding", Vought said.

Combined with increased military spending, "the proposed foreign aid spending cuts underline the president's commitment to emphasize force over diplomacy and working with others in global affairs", said a former USA ambassador to NATO, Ivo Daalder. "It does damage to education, cuts housing funding", said Yarmuth.

FILE - Ukrainian servicemen are seen after a welcoming ceremony for a plane from the United States with aid, including ten Humvee vehicles, at Borispil airport near Kyiv, March 25, 2015.

Absent these growth assumptions, debt under Mr. Trump's budget would be $4.5 trillion higher in 2030, and would rise to roughly 89% as a share of economic output, rather than falling to 66% as the administration projects, according to estimates from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. "The irony is that President Trump, Secretary Pompeo, and others in the Trump administration continually boast about the generosity of the United States".

The proposal released on Monday would nonetheless cut Medicaid spending by about $920bn over 10 years, a reduction in the rate of growth critics warn could effectively reduce funding to dozens of social welfare programs.

Aid to Ukraine would remain at the same level.

VOA's Cindy Saine contributed from the State Department.

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