But Mulvaney went on to describe what compassion in Donald Trump's America will look like: Major funding boosts for programs that Trump promised on the campaign trail; huge cuts to safety net programs that neither Mulvaney nor Trump seem to understand very well; and a big corporate and personal tax cut that most economists say will blow a hole in the federal budget, but that Mulvaney insists will boost the economy to 3 percent annual growth and somehow balance the budget in 10 years.
He said the budget proposal would "right-size" what he called "one of, if not the most, of bloated federal agencies" in the government. "Whether they're here illegally or not", Feinberg noted, "those families have American-citizen children".
"We will now maintain those patients on the treatment", said Hari Sastry, who directs the department's Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources.
Trump administration officials defend the cuts by saying the rest of the world must do its "fair share" as the United States retreats from its traditional spending overseas.
Citing unemployment numbers, growth and inflation rates in the budget proposal, Sanford broke down why he believes the projection are unrealistic.
Trump's budget holds true to his campaign pledge to leave Medicare and Social Security pension benefits alone and contains spending increases for the military and veterans, but it treats most of the rest of the government as fair game.
Nonetheless, the budget makes major shifts in some funding.
In other words, it would need to cut more people than live in Pennsylvania (12,802,503) or IL (12,801,539). At the same time, the Morning Consult/POLITICO survey found 34 percent of Americans to trust the Democrats in Congress, also a 4-point difference. But this outrage deserves attention. The Budget would cut more than 800 billion dollars nationally from the program.
"Our responsibilities don't go away even if we don't have the funding", said Becker.
That transparent gimmick has been roundly mocked by economists, with former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers calling it "the most egregious accounting error in a presidential budget in the almost 40 years I have been tracking them". "And I think that's a very hard thing". Some called Trump's budget dead-on-arrival, while several Democrats called it "cruel". The poor and working poor pay little or nothing in federal income taxes - and they would get little or nothing.
"I do, and my understanding is that you can do that without legislative change", Mr. Mulvaney said. However, she added, the people in the home districts of many members of Congress, as they keep seeing the details of the budget plan, are likely to tell their legislators, '"Absolutely not", she said.
Mulvaney said Washington should work like "real life" where you don't say a budget is cut if it doesn't increase from one year to the next.
And so - voila! - the Trump administration assumes 3 percent growth for the next 10 years, a level not seen in decades.
Mulvaney defended the budget and the more-than-rosy assumptions that he made to get the budget to balance in a decade.
"We have an aging population, and that means significantly lower labor-force growth and it also means lower productivity and lower investment", Goldwein says.
Mulvaney said it was "hardhearted" to take money from taxpayers for ineffective programs.
Another reporter asked whether there would be anything to replace cuts to medical care for pregnant women or preventive-care services.
But Trump's budget doesn't stop at cutting families' grocery budgets.