There's one month left for Congress to pass a budget that keeps the government working, and we're not at a good starting point. The budget request President Trump sent Congress earlier this month is kind of scary, no - it is actually, factually scary. The drastic and damaging cuts that President Trump's team has proposed to essential government work like the Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of State, and USAID are scary. The proposed dismantling of diplomacy work in particular was so scary that some Republican members of Congress - who are more sympathetic to minimizing government endeavors domestically - have called the budget request "dead on arrival." These cuts are necessary, if not desirable, for Team Trump because of the requested $54 billion increase for the Department of Defense next year. It seems President Trump wants to undertake a massive revamp of our military, and he wants to do it in ways that don't make much sense to the experts. While we're not surprised by Trump's focus on the Department of Defense, it was a major part of his campaign rallies, we're increasingly concerned that President Trump isn't investing so heavily in our military just for it to stand around. In the first two months of the Trump Administration, the U.S. has grown its involvement in the Middle East significantly - in Syria, in Iraq, in Yemen, and elsewhere. Trump's distaste for diplomacy and soft power might just be the most coherent part of his presidency thus far. And well, we think that is kind of scary. 

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