White House: Passing a 2-Year Budget Deal With ‘Realistic Budget Caps’ Is Trump’s First Priority

By Melanie Arter | January 3, 2018 | 12:22pm EST
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Screenshot of White House video)

(CNSNews.com) - The White House said Tuesday that the president’s first priority for the new year is passing a two-year budget deal with “realistic budget caps” that provides national security.

President Donald Trump is expected to attend meetings this week on “the strategy of the best way to accomplish maximum success” in his agenda moving forward.

The president is meeting on Wednesday with Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Defense Secretary James Mattis.

When asked which of the issues - infrastructure, welfare reform, and border security - will be the president’s primary focus in the new year, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee said, “Look, the president was elected because of his ambitious agenda and his desire to get a lot of things done. We're going to focus on that.

“The things that you listed are certainly going to be big priorities for us in 2018. A lot of the meetings that the president has this week with leadership will help determine what the best strategy is on each of those individual areas, but those are -- certainly welfare reform, infrastructure, responsible immigration reform, and health care will all be top priorities for the administration this year,” the press secretary said.

“Obviously, the budget is, first and foremost, one of the biggest priorities right now and certainly the big priority in the immediate term. The president wants a two-year budget deal that provides realistic budget caps and provides certainty for our national security,” said Sanders.

“That's our biggest and number-one priority, and that will be the focus front and center of the conversations that are taking place this week. And then, beyond that, it will be talking about those four other priorities that I outlined and what the strategy to get maximum success on those would look like,” she said when asked what the American people can expect from the president’s upcoming meetings.


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