Trump scales back request for stiff budget cuts

The White House released a decade-long budget request Monday that lays out $3.6 trillion in deficit reduction while calling for hundreds of billions more to be pumped into the Pentagon.

The Trump administration is proposing deeper cuts to safety net programs — including Medicare, which the president on the campaign trail swore he wouldn’t touch — to help fund what it calls a “more lethal” military.

But the White House's request is a jumble of mixed messages, since the Trump administration was forced to do some fast accounting after lawmakers on Friday cleared a massive two-year spending deal.

President Donald Trump’s revised budget would pour more cash into domestic programs across the federal government, even calling for an increase to the State Department, which the administration proposed to slash by 27 percent in the original document.

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