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This time, the victims would be federal government programs aimed at some of the neediest Americans, many of whom voted for Trump last year in the hopes that he might improve their lot.
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His priorities also say a lot about the likely composition of any future budget expenditures — including proposed fiscal stimulus and infrastructure programs that have been much discussed but on which few details are available.
What sorts of massively wasteful government functions would Trump cut? Try a 30% wallop to funding for the State Department, which his own secretary of defense, James Mattis, has said is crucial to American national security by helping to project the sort of diplomatic power that prevents conflict in the first place.
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The press staffer tasked with putting together the newsletter clearly did not read beyond the headline, "Trump’s budget makes perfect sense and will fix America, and I will tell you why." 
The op-ed's author, Alexandra Petri, criticized the administration's proposed boost in military spending and cuts to federal agencies, including the state department and the environmental protection agency, and to arts and anti-poverty programs. 
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"This budget will make America a lean, mean fighting machine with bulging, rippling muscles and not an ounce of fat. America has been weak and soft for too long. BUT HOW WILL I SURVIVE ON THIS BUDGET? you may be wondering. I AM A HUMAN CHILD, NOT A COSTLY FIGHTER JET. You may not survive, but that is because you are SOFT and WEAK, something this budget is designed to eliminate."
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Upon noticing the mistake, Twitter users immediately attacked the White House, calling the incident an example of the administration's "sloppiness": 
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The White House just promoted @washingtonpost 's Alexandra Petri's article about the budget in the daily email
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