Trump's budget boosts defense spending by $54bn

After much speculation, the Trump administration confirmed the news today

Trump's budget boosts defense spending by $54bn

US President Donald Trump speaks after touring the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington | Image: Evan Vucci AP/Press Association Images

President Donald Trump's first budget proposal is calling for a $54 billion increase in defense spending. 

An Office of Management and Budget official told reporters Monday that under Trump's proposal, most federal agencies would face budget reductions, but the official did not say which would see the biggest cuts. Foreign aid spending would also drop.

Speaking at a meeting with governors today, Trump said: "We're going to do more with less and make the government lean and accountable."

It's been previously reported that departments facing the biggest cuts include the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and State Department.

Congress ultimately passes the budget that the president signs.