Trump Requests “Historic” Increase in Military Spending

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In his first budget proposal to Congress, President Trump is hoping to increase military spending by $54 billion, a 9 percent rise which state governors at the White House are calling “historic,” according to Reuters.

The president said in a speech on Friday that he is seeking “one of the greatest military buildups in American history.” He said the budget will focus on public safety and national security.

On Monday, more than 120 retired U.S. generals and admirals asked Congress to fully fund U.S. diplomacy and foreign aid in the effort to keep Americans safe by “elevating and strengthening diplomacy and development alongside defense.”

Cuts to the State Department, Environmental Protection Agency, and other non-defense related agencies would fund the increase in Pentagon spending. Annual State Department and foreign assistance budgets total approximately $50 billion.

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