After spending the day lying about basic economics and meeting with a far-right leader from Europe, President Donald Trump would like us to take him as a credible authority on domestic issues this week. He shared some updates to his budget proposal on his Twitter feed late Monday; the updates, just like the original budget, aren’t binding and still have to go through Congress, so all the hype Trump wants to douse them with can’t inject them with any tangible relevance whatsoever in the end. But Trump still remains his biggest hype man anyway.
The funding proposals he specifically touted include $200 million for the Army Corps of Engineers’ Everglades restoration work, an additional $1.6 billion for NASA, $300 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and $18 million supporting the Special Olympics, which originally were left out and the Trump administration planned to have rely solely on private generosity from here on out. In other words, with the official budget proposal update to put the funding back, Trump would apparently like us to thank him for fixing a mess his own team made — or something.
He touted his plans with conventionally Trump-ian, grandiose, but totally tangible reality-detached language, proclaiming of NASA, for instance:
‘Under my Administration, we are restoring
@NASA to greatness and we are going back to the Moon, then Mars. I am updating my budget to include an additional $1.6 billion so that we can return to Space in a BIG WAY!’
Trump has already been pushing for a return to space — although to be clear, Americans are still up there, they’re just working out of foreign launches. Trump has infamously proposed a Space Force as a new branch of the military, which has sparked rumors of a Steve Carell-led Netflix comedy and not much else. According to the Trump team’s budget proposals submitted to Congress earlier this year, they hope to spend some $2 billion over a period of five years and bring on about 15,000 personnel for the Space Force project. It’s still a question what kind of approval, if any, Congress will actually grant the proposal, but Trump has already started the victory parade.
Also on Twitter late Monday, among other topics, Trump touted U.S. investment plans and asserted that former President Jimmy Carter “will be fine” following a recent hip surgery — because he’s pretending to be a doctor now or something.
Check out Twitter’s response below…
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