Trump wants to slash billions from EPA

The US president will shave almost a third of the Environmental Protection Agency's budget, while the energy ministry will save a further USD 11 billion.

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Donald Trump's aim seems to be to starve the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of funds, according to the budget proposal issued by the US president to congress Thursday. Following a press briefing from Mick Mulvaney, Trump's budget director, US media has reported that Trump proposed slashing the EPA's budget by USD 2.6 billion down to USD 5.7 billion in 2018.

"The president wants a smaller EPA. He thinks they overreach," said Mulvaney, according to Bloomberg.

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