WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump announced on Monday that he plans to seek a “historic” $54 billion increase in defense spending as part of his upcoming budget plan.
The president says the increase is necessary to help rebuild the nation’s “depleted” military, which was the target of massive financial cuts by the Obama administration. In direct opposite to his proposed military spending the president said he will seek a substantial reduction in spending across other federal agencies.
Trump commented on his proposed spending plan, which he will go into much further detail on during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, while addressing the nation’s governors at the White House.
“This budget will be a public safety and national security budget,” Trump said.
Saying he wants our military to be in a position that if called to fight they will have the tools necessary to win, the president said, “We’ve got to win or don’t fight it at all.”
that he wants to better prepare the military to not only deter war but win wars when called to fight.
“We’ve got to win or don’t fight it at all,” Trump said.
The president’s proposal for the 2018 budget year is expected to be sent to agencies on Monday, one day before his first address to a Joint Session of Congress. According to an administration spokesperson, the budget plan does not call for significant changes to Social Security or Medicare, keeping in promise with Trump’s campaign pledge to protect major entitlements from financial cuts.
President Trump discussed his plan to boost military spending during a speech last Friday to conservatives, pledging “one of the greatest build-ups in American history.”
“We will be substantially upgrading all of our military, all of our military, offensive, defensive, everything, bigger and better and stronger than ever before,” he said.