Trump demands $750 billion for defense spending from Congress and $8.6 billion MORE for his wall in annual budget as White House declares it’s ‘tired of being right’ about a national emergency at the border

Monday, March 11, 2019
By Paul Martin

President Trump is demanding an additional $8.6 billion wall for his border wall in the annual budget the White House will release later this morning
Request in the fiscal year 2020 budget for wall money is more than six times more than what he secured through his national emergency
Budget is mostly a way for the White House to highlight its priorities and the mandatory document is essentially dead on arrival in Congress
Trump proposes to increase military spending by $34 billion and increase spending on vets and homeland security
As you know this is an area where we’re tired of being right,’ said acting Office of Management and Budget director Russ Vought said Monday of the border
Roughly $2.7 trillion in cuts primarily come from foreign aid and welfare reforms
Administration also proposes reforms to student loans and federal retirement

By FRANCESCA CHAMBERS
DAILYMAIL.COM
11 March 2019

President Trump is demanding an additional $8.6 billion wall for his border wall in the annual budget the White House will release later this morning.

The request in the budget that’s six times more than what he secured through his national emergency after Congress refused is essentially dead on arrival.

Still, the White House is highlighting Trump’s desire to build 722 miles of barriers along the border as a way to combat drugs and crime with the allocation in the mandatory document outlining his preferred, fiscal year 2020 federal spending.

‘As you know this is an area where we’re tired of being right,’ said acting Office of Management and Budget director Russ Vought of the border on CNBC on Monday morning.

‘The border situation is deteriorating by the day. When we started the conversation throughout last year, Democrats were saying there’s no national emergency. They’re still saying that,’ he said. ‘But I don’t know how you can continue to make that assertion.’

The White House’s fiscal year 2020 budget proposes also proposes a five percent increase in defense appropriations, taking military spending up to $750 billion from the $716 billion allocated by Congress to the Pentagon in the current fiscal year.

‘We think it’s important to continue to rebuild the military from the years of the Obama administration,’ Vought said.

Trump mainly takes the $2.7 billion he plans to cut from foreign aid, welfare reform, student loans and federal retirement.

A White House official declined to provide specific information about the cuts on Monday morning in advance of the 11:30 am release of the hefty document.

Key priorities as outlined in a White House list of talking points are ‘addressing wasteful Washington spending, strengthening our southern border, promoting a healthy American economy, and maintaining a strong national defense.’

Vought claimed in advance of the release that the budget ’embodies fiscal responsibility, and takes aim at Washington’s waste, fraud, and abuse’ by shaving $2.7 trillion, or five percent, off the previous fiscal year’s non-defense, discretionary spending.

‘We hope they have an interest in maintaining and getting rid of the deficit,’ Vought said on CNBC.

The administration projects that it would be able to end deficit spending in 15 years at this rate.

Fiscal conservatives within the Republican Party have typically aspired to balance the budget in 10 years in their opening bids to Congress.

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