Trump proposes $54bn increase in defence spending

There will also be cuts in foreign assistance and other non-military spending


Afp February 27, 2017
US President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, US. January 27, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump's first budget proposal includes a substantial $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%, an official said on condition of anonymity.

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The proposal, which will be picked over by Congress, will have "a corresponding reduction in non-defense spending by 54 billion," the official said. "Most federal agencies will see a reduction as a result."

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