On March 16, 2017, President Trump released his first budget blueprint (covering only discretionary funding proposals), America First – A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again for FY 2018. The proposed budget, which will be subject to review and change by Congress, which ultimately has the authority over appropriations, includes significant increases for defense spending, immigration enforcement, immigration judges, a southern border wall, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Border Patrol, and violent crime. It states that it does not increase the national debt, accomplishing this with significant cuts to foreign aid, and significant cuts to, or in some cases, elimination of, domestic programs in the EPA, Commerce, Transportation, Agriculture and other Departments, the arts and humanities, as well as other domestic programs and a reduction in the federal workforce.

On March 16, 2017, the President sent a letter to Speaker of the House of Representatives requesting adjustments to the FY 2017 budget to carry out his programs.