[email protected] calls for ending budget sequester and bolstering defense at State of the Union.
WASHINGTON -- The United States faces myriad dangers from rogue regimes and global competitors, and the nation must have a strong defense to discourage these rivals and forge a world of peace, President Donald J. Trump said in his State of the Union address last night. The president said these regimes -- including China and Russia -- "challenge our interests, our economy and our values." A strong defense is necessary to deter adversaries, the president told a joint session of Congress. "For this reason, I am asking the Congress to end the dangerous defense sequester and fully fund our great military," Trump said. Sequestration is a provision of the Budget Control Act of 2011 that imposes across-the-board spending cuts if Congress and the White House cannot agree on more targeted options. The president stressed that the United States must modernize and rebuild the nation's ...