President Calls For 5 Percent Budget Cut From Cabinet Departments As Deficit Increases — President Trump asked for a 5 percent across-the-board budget cut from each federal department during a cabinet meeting on Oct. 17; a budget cut intended to stem the rise of the federal deficit. “I’m going to ask each of you to come back with a 5 percent budget cut from your various departments,” the president said. “Whether it’s a secretary, an administrator, whatever, I’m going to ask everybody with a 5 percent cut for our next meeting. I think you’ll all be able to do it. Get rid of the fat. Get rid of the waste. It will have a huge impact.” — AASHTO Journal — October 19, 2018