In all, President Donald Trump's NASA budget cuts won't gut the space agency's funding too much. But they highlight the 45th president of the United States' desire to focus on space travel, while drawing criticism from lawmakers regarding the significant garnishing of funds, or outright elimination, of funding for climate change initiatives.
A look at the president's new budget proposal released earlier in the week shows that NASA's funding has only been reduced by less than one percent, with Trump reducing the space agency's budget from $19.3 billion to $19.1 billion. According to the Los Angeles Times, this suggests that the agency is in better shape budget-wise than the National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other government organizations that received generous cuts for the year 2018.
In a prepared statement reacting to the 2018 budget plans released by Donald Trump, NASA acting administrator Robert Lightfoot released a prepared statement acknowledging that the agency's budget remains similar to what it has been in recent years and ample enough to ensure it achieves its most important goals.
"This is in line with our funding in recent years, and will enable us to effectively execute our core mission for the nation, even during these times of fiscal constraint."