Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has pledged to cut $400 billion from the federal budget for public education, but the plan is not certain to come to fruition.
Trump, speaking during a town hall at a private university in Iowa, pledged to “keep the promise” to end the funding for school lunch programs.
In his first national campaign stop since winning the Republican presidential nomination last month, the billionaire has been a consistent critic of federal education funding, with his pledge to eliminate the school lunch program a major plank of his campaign.
The Republican nominee has also promised to eliminate federal funding for the National Institutes of Health and other federal health programs.
Trump has also pledged to eliminate funding for Head Start and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which he says are “obsolete programs.”
Trump also has vowed to eliminate “every penny of the federal government’s funding for anything that the government should not be funding.”
On Tuesday, Trump said he would eliminate all federal funding to the U.S. Department of Education, including funding for programs such as Head Start, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and other programs.
“They are all obsolete programs,” Trump said.
“We will end Head Start.
We will end Pell Grants.
We are going to end everything,” Trump added.
Trump’s campaign website notes the Trump administration would also cut $1.2 trillion from the national debt.
He also said that his plan to cut “all of the funding to education, public education,” including “education programs that we believe are not helping students,” would be in the first 100 days of his presidency.
Trump told the audience that he would not eliminate funding from the Department for International Development, a foreign aid program that helps nations in the region, as well as from the U,S.
Agency for International Children’s Development and the U.,S.
Refugee Resettlement Program.
Earlier this week, the Republican nominee said he was considering eliminating all federal funds to the Department, including $400 million for the Head Start program.
Trump also said he is considering eliminating $50 billion in spending for HeadStart programs.
He also promised “to make America the number one country in the world in terms of its children’s education, so that no other country will be able to take advantage of our country.”
“I will be the number 1 in the World,” Trump told the crowd.
“So you are going down to the second floor, up to the third floor, and we are going, as the President said, to make America number one.”
In addition to cutting federal funding, Trump has also vowed to cut the U-2 spy plane program, a major program that aids the U of M in flight simulators.
According to the Air Force, the U2 spy planes have flown more than 6,000 hours, or nearly 10,000 times, over a three-year period.