Trump Orders Cabinet to Slash Dept. Budgets

President Trump on Wednesday asked his Cabinet to find a way to cut their agencies by 5 percent, and signaled he wants a leaner, trimmer government after a two-year spending deal that saw defense and domestic spending rise.

“I’m going to ask everybody to come back with a 5 percent for our next meeting,” Trump said in a White House meeting with his Cabinet members. “I think you’ll all be able to do it.”

Trump’s order comes amid growing worry among conservatives about rising federal spending. He said he “made deals with the devil” before signing a $1.3 trillion spending package in March that boosted both domestic and military spending, but said he was now determined to reduce spending.

“I made deals with the devil in order to get that done because we had to improve our military, our military was depleted,” he said. “Get rid of the fat, get rid of the waste, and I’m sure you can do it, I’m sure everybody in this table can do it. It will have a huge impact.”

Read more at the Washington Examiner.

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