27 Feb '17, 8pm

McCain, Thornberry Decry Trump Pentagon Budget Boost

President Trump and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump is pledging “an historic increase in defense spending” of $54 billion to $603 billion for the fiscal 2018 budget, but neither Congressional Republicans nor defense budgets experts were very impressed at first glance. “Such a budget request would represent an increase of $18.5 billion above the level proposed by President Obama for fiscal year 2018. In other words, President Trump intends to submit a defense budget that is a mere three percent above President Obama’s defense budget, which has left our military underfunded, undersized, and unready to confront threats to our national security,” Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, says in a statement. McCain said he and the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry, believe we should substanti...

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