Trump, now facing an airline safety crisis, just proposed slashing the FAA's budget
President Donald Trump just grounded Boeing's 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 airplanes following a safety scare around the world that has already resulted in numerous lives lost.
He made the decision after taking several days to evaluate the situation, something other countries decided on much quicker.
But, get this: just days earlier, Trump proposed his 2020 budget for the country and in it included major cuts to the FAA's discretionary spending. That's going to have a substantial effect on their ability to deal with a crisis like this. They've already been underwater for the past two years - the White House has continually pushed to gut its employees and trim its budgets. This year is no different.
Not to mention: the agency hasn't had a permanent administrator for 14 months. The government shutdown (that Trump was responsible for) also delayed their ability to approve safety upgrades for the nation's aircraft.
If all this is a result of Trump trying to balance the budget, that also doesn't provide an explanation because the annual budget deficit will hit $1.1 trillion, the highest it has been in over a decade.
That said, Trump is still slashing everything, except for Defense, Commerce, and the Treasury. He's also planning to spend $1.5 trillion less on Medicaid, $845 billion less on Medicare, and $25 billion less on Social Security over the next 10 years.
Because Trump decided to give tax cuts to the rich and wealthy, that's going to undoubtedly leave the government with an even bigger national debt, that continues to balloon under Trump. While this may also be true under previous presidents, the difference now is that Trump expects middle class families to feel most of the burden. Now the FAA and airline safety is being impacted so Trump's friends can buy another Yacht or third vacation home.