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Mick Mulvaney: This is a Hard Power Budget

Mick Mulvaney, President Trump’s Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), said at a White House press briefing Thursday that the President’s budget was “a hard power budget.”

“There’s a very deliberate attempt here to send a message, to our allies and our friends such as India, and our adversaries – other countries shall we say – which is that this is a hard power budget,” Mulvaney said. “This administration intends to change course from a soft power budget to a hard power budget.”

Soft power options focus on diplomatic and economic actions to pursue U.S. interests abroad, while hard power focuses on military options.

“I come back to what the president said on the campaign, is that he’s going to spend less money overseas,” Mulvaney said.