President Trump makes another bold statement after he decided to prioritize strengthening the military over balancing the budget. While this seems good to many people, the statement will most likely cause Trump to butt heads with his new budget director. Trump made the statement during an interview with Sean Hannity saying:
“Our military is more important to me than a balanced budget.”
While prioritizing the military over the budget may throw some people off, it doesn’t stray from the president’s campaign promises. President Trump has previously said that he knew the budget would take time and that rebuilding America’s infrastructure as well as the military would be of equal or even more importance.
Rep. Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s current nominee for the Office of Management and Budget position, can’t be taking too kindly to this news. According to NBC news, Mulvaney stands opposite to Trump when it comes to this:
Mulvaney, a member of the conservative Freedom Caucus and an early adherent of the limited-government tea party movement, is among the leading budget hawks in Congress, having co-sponsored a proposed constitutional amendment to require balancing the federal budget.
Mulvaney has pushed for large cuts in federal spending and has opposed increases in funding for the military. In 2013, he led the fight to cut $3.5 billion from the Defense Department’s fiscal 2014 appropriation for military operations in Afghanistan.
After being challenged by Sen. John McCain at his confirmation hearing, Mulvaney responded pleading ignorance saying, “The No. 1 priority of the United States government is to defend the nation.” He said this in response to Sen. McCain’s challenge which said:
“I’m interested in what our military needs and whether they’re receiving it. It’s clear from your record that you’ve been an impediment to that for years.” He continued, “You’ve spent your entire congressional career pitting the debt against the military, and each time, at least for you, our military was less important.”
Trump does acknowledge there is some differences and told Hannity, “I want a balanced budget eventually.” Trump continued, “But I want to have a strong military. To me, that’s much more important than anything.”