The White House unveiled President Donald Trump’s $4.1 trillion budget for 2018 on Tuesday.

Leading up to Tuesday, I knew Trump would be shaping his budget in a way that would push Americans back to work.

Just one day before the budget provisions were presented, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said during a conference call: “If you are on food stamps and you are able-bodied, we need you to go work. If you are on disability insurance and you are not supposed to be — if you are not truly disabled — we need you to go back to work. We need everybody pulling in the same direction."

Maybe the last sentence of that quote was reassuring? One would think Trump’s administration truly does just want to ‘pull everyone in the same direction.’ We need to be united as a country and support one another, right?

The 2018 budget’s narrative tells a different story as the proposal outlines cutting federal spending in areas that will greatly impact poor Americans directly. Two of the biggest cuts, to Medicaid and food stamps, will allow for more government spending on military and security.

While security is greatly important, when looking at the numbers of Americans who are going to be impacted just by this portion of the budget, it seems logical that some questions would be raised about how exactly this is supposed to help people.

According to The New York Times, over the next decade Medicaid will be cut by more than $800 billion, which will significantly downsize the federal program.

This will be devastating, as the Medicaid program currently covers more than 70 million low-income children, adults, disabled Americans and senior citizens. When you break down the numbers, Medicaid covers nearly one in four Americans.

Now Medicaid will be turned into a block grant, or per capita, program for states. This means states would have to restructure their Medicaid programs, which will likely mean fewer people will be covered.

Also under the budget, food stamps, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be cut $193 billion, which is about 25 percent of the program’s budget, according to Forbes. Currently about 44 million Americans benefit from food stamps. In Indiana alone, 11 percent of the population uses food stamps in a given month.

Deputy Agriculture Secretary Michael Young said Tuesday that the administration is looking to impose a cap on food stamp benefits based on family size. The cap would cut off extra assistance for those who have more than six people in their families, no matter how many people might be left hungry.

All the cuts and proposed changes of this budget will not “Make America Great Again.” The reality is they are going to do more damage than good for those struggling the most in this country. Shifting money from low-income Americans to spend more in areas such as defense, security and law enforcement just isn’t right. Poor people need to be able to lean on community and governmental programs for financial and medical help.

It begs the question, how are these cuts supposed to lift people out of poverty and help encourage them to get back to work?