In a speech to Congress in February, President Donald Trump praised technological advances the US has made, but the New York Times argues that his budget approach acts against such interests.

"Think of the marvels we can achieve if we simply set free the dreams of our people," Trump said in February. He added that that could lead to "cures to illnesses that have always plagued us" and "American footprints on distant worlds."

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