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Trump defends budget blueprint by stressing on safety

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Defending his budget blueprint, U.S.

President Donald Trump on Thursday said that there can be no

prosperity sans safety.

"A budget that puts #AmericaFirst must make safety its no. 1

priority-without safety there can be no prosperity," he tweeted.

Trump's plan would cut USD 54 billion from federal agencies to fund

defence spending.

The budget blueprint, which will outline in the clearest terms to date

what Trump's policy priorities will be as president, fits with Trump's

pledges to increase defence spending and cut waste as a


Throughout his Presidential campaign, Trump had asserted that he would

focus on spending cuts and reform, rhetoric that helped woo

Republicans who questioned his commitment to other conservative


"I want the American people to know that our budget will reflect their

priorities. We'll be directing all of our departments and agencies to

protect every last American and every last dollar. No more wasted

money," Trump said in a budget meeting earlier this month.

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First Published: Thu, March 16 2017. 23:33 IST