The Trump administration is looking to kill off the BBC and other American media outlets, the Associated Press has reported.
Reuters reports that the Trump administration will propose a $1.6 billion cut to the federal budget, while eliminating the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Reuters reported that the move is aimed at cutting the budgets of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the US’ top news agency.
The proposal, which Reuters describes as a “drastic” one, would also affect the National Film and Television Archive, which the AP reports would be shuttered.
Reuters said the budget cuts could affect the future of American newsrooms, especially those that produce investigative reporting.
“As we know from history, if the government is not able to fund journalism, it becomes increasingly difficult for journalists to produce new information and that means fewer opportunities for people to make a living,” the AP quoted a spokesperson for the Office of Management and Budget as saying.
The Trump White House has said that it will also consider cutting funding for the American Institute of Architects, which advocates for preservation of historic buildings and historic districts.
The AP reported that, in a letter to the president, the National Archives said that the White House had not been able to meet its commitments to the agency, which would save it $50 million in the next two years.
The president has previously said that he is willing to cut funding for institutions that serve the public interest, like museums and libraries.
The proposed cuts are likely to face opposition from civil rights and advocacy groups, who are already demanding that the administration provide more information on the proposed cuts.
The Associated Press reported that one of the proposals the administration is expected to announce is to cut the number of federal public broadcasting employees by one-fifth, from approximately 2,000 to 800.
The budget proposal is also expected to eliminate the National Park Service, which is tasked with protecting national parks and other public spaces.