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Trump's Spending Cuts 'Are Totally Imaginary'

President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Writing for Reason, Veronique de Rugy explains that President’s Trump budget for the fiscal year 2019 was “dead before it even arrived. It was doomed by the horrendous budget deal that was made by congressional Republicans and Democrats — and then signed by Mr. Trump himself.”

She continues:

The administration just signed a budget agreement that busted the non-defense budget caps and increased funding for this category by more than 10 percent. This makes the proposed cuts in non-defense spending laughable. The administration would concentrate $1.5 trillion in cuts over ten years exclusively on the non-defense side if the budget, while defense spending would grow by $800 billion over that same period of time. Even if the administration was serious about fiscal restraint, the imbalance between defense and non-defense would make the cuts politically impossible.