Donald Trumps first round of budget cut requests, America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again, total $1.15 trillion, with nearly $9.2 billion coming from the US Department of Education. That includes $2.4 billion from teacher training grants and $1.2 billion in after-school funding.
While Trump ran under the premise of making severely needed changes to America’s rising budget costs, the cuts seem a little out of place, given that the First Lady’s current living situations will cost taxpayers $18.2 million in security costs. Melania and their son will stay in Manhattan’s Trump Towers until June, which has an average daily bill of $136,000, according to the NYPD.
As pointed out by the Independent, two major scholarship and special education services will receive budget cuts that could have been made up by moving the President’s family into the White House.
The Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars and the International Education Programs will receive $11 million and $7 million in cuts respectively, which could have been made up, with money to spare, by the move. The New America Foundation, a Washington DC based think tank, called the cuts, “an indication of the priorities of the Trump Administration.”