The White House has unveiled its federal spending priorities in what it is touting as the “America first budget”, where the President has made deep, offsetting cuts to key federal bodies, including the State Department, USAID, PBS, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Energy Department. The new budget proposal slashes billions of dollars from diplomacy, cutting international aid packages and diplomatic programs. In addition, it scales back funding for the World Bank and the United Nations—a move that can prove devastating for global American diplomacy.
Almost all state departments are allocated major cuts, except for one: defense.
President Trump called to boost military spending by 54 billion dollars. If the Trump campaign is anything to go by, this move is not out of character for the administration. However it still came as a bit of a shock. This is because America already spends more on defense than China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Great Britain, France, India and Japan. In fact, the US military has the largest defense budget in the world, a staggering 600 billion dollars. Another area that holds Donald Trump’s interest is the border security situation with Mexico, which is also allocated a special spot in the budget.