Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday said that President Donald Trump’s budget, which will be sent to Congress in March, will not propose cutting funding for all social safety programs.
“We are not touching those now,” Mnuchin said on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” when Maria Bartiromo asked if the administration planned to cut funding for programs like Social Security and Medicare. “So don’t expect to see that as part of this budget.”
On Monday, Trump will send an outline budget proposal to federal agencies and ask those agencies for input.
Trump will push for an increase in military spending and cuts at other agencies so that the administration will not have to slash funding for Social Security and Medicare, the New York Times reported Sunday. The White House will call for cuts at the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department, the New York Times reported, citing four unnamed senior administration officials. Social safety net programs other than Social Security and Medicare could be hit with funding cuts, per the Times.
The President’s budget outline will also call for funding increases for the Justice Department, homeland security, intelligence, and law enforcement, Politico reported.