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We hear the White House tomorrow will send Cabinet officials their first draft budget numbers.
One budget we'll be watching especially closely: the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA is the leading edge of the first wave of Trump's planned "deconstruction of the administrative state." Expect massive, transformational cuts, particularly to climate-change programs, top officials tell us.
Trump has made clear he wants the EPA to get back to its core missions of clean air and clean water. He views many of the global-warming programs as superfluous additions made by an out-of-control Obama EPA.
But, but, but ... Don't expect the topline budget numbers to change dramatically. Money saved from cuts to EPA and other agencies will be used to bolster the military — which is exactly what Trump promised on the campaign trail.
Two issues dominated the shows:
Comments that will echo into the week:
Trump consumes 99 percent of Capitol Hill's oxygen this week, with Republicans eagerly anticipating his address a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night.
What you won't hear: Trump endorsing, in specific terms, the two most contentious House Republican plans: the $1 trillion border adjustment tax and the House GOP's Obamacare repeal and replace plan.
What you will hear: A big picture speech — we're told it'll be "optimistic and uplifting" ... we'll see — that'll focus on "safety, sovereignty, and economic opportunity."
Reality: House leaders know exactly where they are with Trump on Obamacare. It's helping a huge amount that Trump's point man is HHS Secretary Tom Price, who is close to Ryan and helped develop the House's plan. Tax reform is a different story. The future of border adjustment remains very much in doubt.
Three things the White House is doing to prepare the echo chamber:
We told you in last week's Sneak Peek that a growing number in the Trump orbit are seduced by the idea of major tax cuts without paying for them with new revenue (like Paul Ryan's $1 trillion border adjustment tax.)
Now we're seeing that thinking play out ...
Key points from Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin's interview that aired today on Fox's "Sunday Morning Futures":
Why this matters: Every fiscal conservative knows — and none more so than Trump's new Budget Director Mick Mulvaney — that tax cuts alone won't touch the sides of America's $20 trillion debt. Everyone from Ryan to influential Freedom Caucus member Jim Jordan wishes the President would get serious about reforming massive entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare. But the President ain't budging.
The big question: After spending the entire Obama presidency railing against reckless spending, will Republicans vote for a budget that increases the debt?
If someone told you a year ago ... that Donald Trump would be president, that the U.K. would leave the European Union, and that Dog the Bounty Hunter would be partying with people who work at the White House, you'd have laughed hysterically.
But that's what happened on a docked three-level boat outside of CPAC Friday night, where a top aide to a top aide mingled with Breitbart's editorial team, a burnt-out reality TV star, and Nigel Farage, the Brexit man himself.
On the lower deck, Hawaiian dancers did the hula and reporters, wearing Hawaiian leis around their necks, ate chunks of pork from a roasted suckling pig. Perhaps the least weird part was the attendance of a Democratic staffer from Joe Manchin's office.