Trump Asking For Boost in Pentagon Spending, Cuts at State Department
U.S. President Donald Trump is kicking off the long federal budget process with proposals to increase defense spending, while making cuts to budgets for the State Department and other agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency.
Administration officials say the White House is detailing its vision for federal spending in a memo to agencies on Monday. The Office of Management and Budget says a more complete budget outline is expected to be released in mid-March.
As a candidate, Trump repeatedly promised to boost the military, and in a speech Friday he pledged "one of the greatest military buildups in American history."
He has also said he would not seek cuts in programs such as Social Security and Medicare.
Whatever the president proposes to agencies Monday will surely not be the final budget for the 2018 fiscal year, which begins in October. Each agency will respond with arguments for what it thinks should be its budget, and ultimately it is up to Congress to vote on federal spending.
Trump is meeting Monday at the White House with House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. A day later, he addresses a joint session of Congress in a major speech six weeks into his presidency.
Indonesian Police Kill Suspected Bomber on West Java Island
A suspected terrorist has been shot and killed by police in Indonesia after an improvised bomb exploded near a government building in the city of Bandung.
The West Java police chief says no one was injured when a pressure cooker-rigged device exploded Monday in a nearby vacant lot.
The chief says the suspect ran into the building after the explosion and started a fire inside before he was eventually shot and killed during a gun battle with police.
Indonesia has been the target of numerous terrorist attacks by Islamic militants for years, including the 2002 bombing attack on a Bali island nightclub that left 202 people dead.