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Trump budget: an extra billion dollars for nuclear weapons | Center for Public Integrity

President Donald Trump has proposed to boost federal spending on the production of nuclear weapons by more than $1 billion in 2018 while slashing or eliminating spending on many federal programs related to diplomacy, foreign aid, and social needs, in a budget proposal that reflects the first tangible expression of his defense priorities.

The $1.4 billion budget increase for the National Nuclear Security Administration amounts to just a small fraction of the overall $54 billion boost he requested over the military’s roughly $639 billion 2017 budget, but it is a proportionally higher increase (11 percent) than the Defense Department itself would get (8 percent), signaling that he and his advisers feel the U.S. nuclear weapons program deserves special treatment.

Source: Trump budget: an extra billion dollars for nuclear weapons | Center for Public Integrity

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  1. It is absolutely horrifying to see our government radically scaling up spending for Defense (a euphamism for war fighting capability) and nuclear armaments, while simultaneously cutting resources our diplomatic efforts. See this article today from The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/22/us-diplomacy-in-crisis-amid-cuts-and-confusion-at-state-department?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+USA+-+Collections+2017&utm_term=218505&subid=22517821&CMP=GT_US_collection

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