President Donald Trump defended his plan to raise military spending in an interview with Fox & Friends Tuesday morning, saying the $US54 billion increase will come in part from a “revved up economy.”
Host Steve Doocy asked how the White House plans to fund this increase, noting that proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department would not cover the cost, and even cutting all funding to both would only leave $US50 billion.
“Well, I think the money is going to come from a revved up economy,” Trump said.
“I mean you look at the kind of numbers we’re doing, we were probably GDP of a little more than 1% and if I can get that up to three or maybe more, we have a whole different ball game.”
Trump also said in the interview he would not touch Social Security in budget cuts.
It’s really hard to pay for increases in defence spending by only targeting domestic agencies outside of major entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare, as Business Insider’s Linette Lopez recently pointed out.
As the graph below explains, Trump would need to nearly completely eliminate the EPA, State Department, and International Assistance Programs to reach the $US54 billion military increase:
Watch the “Fox & Friends” clip explaining the military spending below:
Andy Kiersz contributed to this report.