According to White House Budget Officials, President Trump is preparing to unveil his new defense spending plan, which will include adding $54 billion to the existing defense budget, and cutting the same from non-defense related costs, including a large reduction in foreign aid.
“This budget will be a public safety and national security budget,” Trump told state governors at the White House on Monday. “It will include a historic increase in defense spending to rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America at a time we most need it,” he said.
The White House will be sending the president’s proposal to federal departments on Monday, as Trump himself prepares for budget negotiations with congress that could potentially take months to hash out. Regardless of President Trump’s plans, Congress ultimately has the authority to determine what changes are made to the budget, but with a Republic controlled Congress, the President may well receive the support he needs for his proposal.
According to one White House official that wished to remain anonymous, the new budget will include allocating funds for the building of new ships and aircraft, as well as establishing “a more robust presence in key international waterways and chokepoints” – a portion likely in direct reference to growing tensions in the South China Sea.