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WATCH: White House calls climate change efforts a “waste of your money”

Watch Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer address President Donald Trump’s budget proposal during a Thursday news briefing.

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney says the Trump administration is cutting spending for climate change efforts because “we consider that to be a waste of your money.”

Mulvaney says: “I think the president is fairly straightforward. We’re not spending money on that.”

President Donald Trump has often called climate change a “hoax” and his EPA chief, Scott Pruitt, said last week he does not believe carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming. Trump’s proposed budget would cut the Environmental Protection Agency budget by 31 percent — nearly one-third — and eliminate more than 3,200 jobs.

The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the State Department’s Global Climate Change Initiative and the U.N. Green Climate Fund, which help developing nations address climate change.

Trump unveiled a $1.15 trillion budget on Wednesday, a far-reaching overhaul of federal government spending that slashes many domestic programs to finance a significant increase in the military and make a down payment on a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Trump’s proposal seeks to upend Washington with cuts to long-promised campaign targets like foreign aid and the Environmental Protection Agency as well as strong congressional favorites such as medical research, help for homeless veterans and community development grants.

The $54 billion boost for the military is the largest since President Ronald Reagan’s Pentagon buildup in the 1980s. It promises immediate money for troop readiness, the fight against Islamic State militants and procurement of new ships, fighter jets and other weapons.

PBS NewsHour will update this story as it develops.

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