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Trump backs $750 billion defence budget request to Congress - official

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Trump backs $750 billion defence budget request to Congress - official



Dec 8, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; President Donald Trump stands with Naval Academy Midshipmen during halftime of the 119th Army-Navy game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has backed plans to request $750 billion (£589.4 billion) from Congress for defence spending next year, a U.S. official said on Sunday, signalling a Pentagon spending hike at a time of potential belt-tightening elsewhere in the government.


Trump, faced with a budget deficit at a six-year high, told his Cabinet earlier this year to come up with proposals to cut spending by their agencies by 5 percent, but he suggested the military would be largely spared.


The $750 billion would be even more than the $733 billion request that the Pentagon had been expected to make for fiscal year 2020. It is also well above a $700 billion figure Trump cited in October.


A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had discussed the budget with Trump in recent days and outlined the risks of flat defence spending.


The official said that it was clear during that discussion that Trump wanted to "accelerate the progress his administration has made in rebuilding the military."


In August, Trump signed a $716 billion defence policy bill.


The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


(Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Peter Cooney)

-- © Copyright Reuters 2018-12-10
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After many years promoted as Republican orthodoxy, eliminating the federal budget deficit is not an element of this budget. To pay for additional defense spending, the border wall and an infrastructure plan, funding would be cut from many executive departments and agencies.

What Trump proposed cutting in his 2019 budget, By Washington Post Staff Updated Feb. 16, 2018



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Auuu shucks it’s just Donald buying friends at our expense it’s a win for him he doesent pay you do!!!and who are we at war with?the taliban and Isis are a large group of religious criminals or should I say a large group of criminals operating under the guise of religion so why do we need such a large budget?some piggies feeding at the trough???donald trying to protect himself???

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4 hours ago, Thaidream said:

As an American I am appalled .   The US already has the highest defense budget in the World prior to this announcement,


The uS Is involved in Afghanistan; Syria and funding Saudis Arabia's war with Yemen.  This costs billions each year.


The US is the only industrialized country in the World that does not have universal health care and it's citizens die or go bankrupt because of this.  Our students  pay so much for higher education that they are indentured to the US Government for 20 years after they graduate while other countries are providing tuition free education.


As a military veteran- I strongly support the US military in it's normal mission.  However, I cannot support the nonsense Trump is advocating with this ridiculous  increase in the defence budget.


Make peace with Iran- adhere to the already signed agreement; stop funding the Saudis; get out of Afghanistan and Syria and bring the troops home.  If you do this- you might be able to put money into healthcare and higher education.



The western world subsidizes its economy funding universal health care and the US subsidizes its economy through the military industrial complex. You have choices to make. You can't have it all. Of course, the US really goes overboard when it comes to its military. 

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2 minutes ago, stevenl said:

Telling that nobody on here is defending this.

Well, it really is ludicrous and indefensible, 750 billion dollars is an obscene amount of money no matter how you spin it. And I'm quite sure in 2020 the military is going to want more than that, and Trump is going to back that as well .....

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9 hours ago, attrayant said:

An 80-year old comic, but we don't need to change a thing.  




Sums it up.


It is completely obscene. 

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