During a speech to a group of conservative activists on Friday, President Donald Trump gave his word for “one of the greatest military buildups in American History” by increasing military spending as he promised to cuts almost every department that does not have to do with security. This does not look good at all.
The White House said on Monday morning that President Trump’s budget plans will call for a $54 billion increase in Pentagon spending, with cuts to programs that his administration considers to be of lower priority, including foreign aid and many federal agencies.
According to CNBC, Trump told state governors at the White House:
‘This budget will be a public safety and national security budget. It will include an historic increase in defense spending to rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America at a time we most need it.’
Wait, everyone knows that the United States has the world’s most powerful military already, so what, exactly, were Trump’s intentions when promised this? Looks like the orange man is trying to beef up the military at a time he feels HE most needs it, because he knows a lot of people do not like him at all.
White House officials who are familiar with the president’s proposal said that the planned budget increase would also be funded by cuts to Environmental Protection Agency and State Department.
One official said that President Trump’s request for more funding to the Pentagon includes more money for military aircraft, shipbuilding, and initiate “a more robust presence in key international waterways and chokepoints.”
The United States military is already spending around $600 billion a year, which brings into question by defense authorities the need for such a large increase. In comparison, the U.S. spends $50 billion a year on foreign assistance and the State Department.
Chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and Trump supporter reportedly told The Hill:
‘I certainly support the president’s desire to increase funding for our national security and I believe that we have critical needs that have been long ignored.’
This can’t be good.
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