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Trump Team Preparing $10.5 Trillion in Budget Cuts, Per Reports

President Trump Chose Conservative Congressman Mulvaney (in photo) as the White House’s Budget Director

US President Donald J. Trump, Sr’s administration is taking the ax  to trim federal government spending. The proposed cuts will impact domestic and international funding.

Per sources, the proposed cuts are so draconian and far-reaching that will encompass nearly every government function that liberals care about.

For example, at the Department of Justice, the plan would eliminate programs that aim to prevent violence against women, encourage community-oriented policing, and provide legal aid to the indigent. It would also drastically reduce funding the DOJ’s Civil Rights and Environment and Natural Resources divisions.

At the Energy Department, the proposed budget reduction plan would eliminate the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and Office of Fossil Energy, which develops technologies to reduce carbon emissions.

At the international level, the plan would gut a foreign aid and other activities that support international issues.  Two of the top State Department programs focused on climate-change prevention are marked for elimination.

Analysts say this could affect support to developing nations, many of which are corrupt, anyway.

The Minority Business Development Agency, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities are all scheduled for the budget cut knife. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be privatized.

Per sources, it is still unclear whether the proposed plan would cut Medicare or Social Security — measures that would violate a campaign promise to maintain entitlement spending that Trump has reiterated in recent days.

However, without significant cuts to those programs, and to Medicaid, analysts say it would be difficult to see how President Trump could cut $10.5 trillion over 10 years out of the federal budget, which is the goal of his transition team’s budget blueprint.

It is also unclear whether all the budget blueprint has the full support of the President himself, who analysts maintained has devoted his speeches to radically downsizing the civil service and foreign aid to build America and “Make America Great Again.”

Some liberal groups believe even if Trump approves of the draconian cuts, he may not easily get them through Congress.

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Ben Mabande

Ben Mabande is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.
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