Media: the White house proposes to cut the budget of the Department of state 37%

Media: the White house proposes to cut the budget of the Department of state 37%© AP Photo/ Alex Brandon

The administration of U.S. President Donald trump proposes to reduce the budget of the Department of state of the country and the Agency for international development (USAID) 37%, writes the newspaper the Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with budget discussions.

Previously, trump has proposed to increase the budget spending on defense by about 10% — 54 billion dollars compared to the current level, reducing the same amount in other spending articles. The total defense budget needs to be, thus, approximately 603 billion. On Tuesday, the President did not rule out that the promised increase in defence spending can be added to the amount of 30 billion dollars.

According to sources, the increase in defense spending would be held due to significant budget cuts elsewhere, in particular, it concerns the state Department. The budget of the Department and USAID this year is about 50 billion dollars, the newspaper notes.

The US administration until March 16, will submit to the Congress a preliminary draft of the Federal budget for the 2018 fiscal year. A complete project budget must be submitted to the Congress in may. The Director of the office of management and budget the White house of Mick Mulvany in February reported that the draft of the first budget of the administration trump will include funds for the construction of a wall on the border with Mexico.

The trump promised to reveal some details of the budget of the project in his address to the Congress in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday. It is expected that in the speech of the American President will be more information about previously announced ambitious tax plan, as well as other details of its economic policy.