President Trump just announced that he would ask Congress for a $54 BILLION dollar increase to rebuild the United States Military.
Trump has announced he will ask Congress for a $54b increase in the US military budget–almost equal to the entire Russian military budget. pic.twitter.com/Jsuacrkn7R
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) February 27, 2017
According to the Wall Street Journal, he will seek a nearly 10% boost in military spending. Trump also wants offsetting cuts from nondefense agencies.
The budget proposal calls for a $54 billion increase in defense funding with offsetting funding cuts for nondefense agencies. Nondefense agencies likely to get hit include foreign-aid funding. This is in keeping with Trump’s desire for our allies to start paying their fair share.
“This budget will be a public-safety and national-security budget,” Trump said. “It will include a historic increase in defense spending to rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America at a time we most need it.”
“This is a landmark event, a message to the world in these dangerous times, of American strength, security and resolve.”
The president’s proposal is a wish list that Congress may incorporate or disregard when preparing its budget resolution. In the past, the different branches of government would then negotiate to set funding levels for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.
But with Trump a different candidate and a large republican majority in Congress this year is not typical.
Trump promised to increase the number of active Army troops to 540,000 from 490,000, boost Marine Corps battalions to 36 from 23 (an extra 12,480 troops.)
He wants to build up the Navy to 350 surface ships and submarines, up from 275 ships now, as well add 100 fighter jets to the Air Force, bringing that total to 1,200.
This is the first time President Trump has put an actual dollar figure on his proposed increases. $54 billion isn’t chump change and it looks like the exact investment the military needed after 8 years of neglect and sequester under Obama.