02 Mar '17, 9am

Trump to talk to troops at Virginia shipyard Thursday

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will address service members aboard an aircraft carrier in Virginia on Thursday afternoon in an event highlighting his promises earlier this week to rebuild the military and strengthen national defense. The event, scheduled for 2 p.m., will take place in the Newport News Shipyard on the Gerald R. Ford, a next-generation carrier scheduled to be delivered to the Navy later this year. White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Wednesday said the speech will be delivered to a crowd of shipbuilders and sailors involved in the carrier's planned operations. The venue will serve as a backdrop for Trump’s repeated pledge to “rebuild” the military’s naval fleet, with a goal of 350 ships in coming years. That will require major investment from Congress in upcoming defense budgets, along with a bipartisan agreement to do away with defense spending caps de...

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