Trump unveils budget plans including boost to military - paid for by huge cuts for the poor and the arts

The Trump administration has unveiled a budget that sees a huge boost on military spending while programmes to help the poor are subject to swathing cuts.

President Trump’s first budget proposal, named ‘America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again’, plans to increase defence spending by $54 billion.

That cash injection would then be offset by cuts to more than 18 other government agencies and discretionary spending programmes.

Boost – the military gets a boost in Donald Trump’s proposed budget, while other areas will see huge cuts (Pictures: Getty)

The budget, which follows Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda, hits bodies including the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), which would see its funding cut by more than 30%, as well as reductions of more than 20% at the Agriculture, Labor and State departments.

Other programmes would be cut completely, including the Energy Star program and the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

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Other programs including medical research and the arts would also lose a chunk of their funding, while foreign aid would also be reduced.

But the new President’s promise to build a wall on the border with Mexico would take a step forward, with $1.5 billion allocated to it in the budget proposal, and more cash the following year.

In a message for his budget, Trump reportedly said: “A budget that puts America first must make the safety of our people its number one priority — because without safety, there can be no prosperity.”