Neil deGrasse Tyson goes supernova on Trump budget

Neil deGrasse Tyson goes supernova on Trump budget

He largely held back from criticizing the president following Election Day, but on Sunday, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson ripped Donald Trump's budget in a series of eight tweets.

"The fastest way to Make America Stupid: Cut funds to programs that support education", he wrote. "But that won't happen until we first Make America Smart Again", said the tweet, sent to Tyson's 7.01 million followers.

CNN has reached out to the White House for response.

Trump's budget boosts Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs while proposing deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (31.4%), Health and Human Services (16.2%), the State Department (28.7%), Commerce (15.7%), Transportation (12.7%), Labor (20.7%), Education (13.5%), Interior (11.7%), Agriculture (20.7%) and Housing and Urban Development (13.2%).

The budget proposes doing away with former President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan to tighten regulations on climate change-producing carbon emissions, and to cut 50 programmes and 3,200 employees from the Environmental Protection Agency, which ensures Americans have clean air and water.

Almost every agency will see some sort of cut, with only Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs getting a boost. But is that a place you'd want to Live?

Although the messages did not explicitly mention Trump or the 2018 USA budget proposal unveiled on Thursday, Tyson's tweets follow his pledge to refrain from making public criticisms of the administration until he had seen some policy proposals. "I think what we need to do, let us together, make America smart again".