Trump lays out hike in military spending

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US President Donald Trump is seeking to boost defence spending by $54bn (£43bn) in his proposed budget plan for 2018, which is about a 9% increase.

The blueprint, sent to agencies on Monday, also calls for cuts to foreign assistance and environmental budgets.

But Mr Trump's plan leaves large welfare programmes such as Social Security and Medicare untouched, despite Republican calls for reform.

The president is expected to release his final budget proposal in mid-March.


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