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Will Conservative Budget Hawks Cave to Trump?

The president’s budget leaves Social Security and Medicare untouched, much to the frustration of small-government conservatives.
Source: Yuri Gripas / Reuters

When President Trump stands to deliver his first address to Congress Tuesday night, he will lay out a fiscal agenda that upends key planks of conservative orthodoxy and openly defies the die-hard budget hawks in his own party.

But don’t expect to hear a peep of opposition from Republicans.

The proposed budget Trump is expected to outline in his speech would considerably increase defense spending, slash funding for other domestic programs, and—most significantly—leave entitlement programs entirely untouched. The president’s aversion

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