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Donald Trump Proposes USD 54 Billion Increase in Defence Spending


Updated: February 27, 2017, 9:36 PM IST

File photo of US President Donald Trump

Washington: President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal includes a substantial USD 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 per cent, an official said on condition of anonymity.

The proposal, which will be picked over by Congress, will have “a corresponding reduction in non-defence spending by 54 billion,” the official said.

First Published: February 27, 2017, 9:36 PM IST

Source: News18