Donald Trump says he wants a strong buildup of American Military which is the STRONGEST times whatever over EVERY military on the planet….
Congress is now under a squester limit….
Trump isn’t thinking about that….
But Congress actually has to deal with how the bill will be paid….
Over the next two weeks, the military services will be scrambling to get their wish lists in front of top defense officials, hoping their requests for more troops, planes, ships and missiles will be stuffed into President Trump’s proposed $54 billion increase in the Pentagon budget.
Never mind that Congress is unlikely to approve the full amount. Or that it is not clear if the Pentagon, which views Russia as the biggest threat, and the new president, who is mainly focused on defeating the Islamic State, agree on the priorities.
The services are betting that Mr. Trump will eventually win a large enough chunk of the money so that they can do a bit of everything, like reversing recent declines in the number of soldiers and Marines and breaking logjams over how many high-tech jets and ships they can afford to build.
But there are no guarantees, and the battle over next year’s federal budget will be ferocious. Democrats have vowed to block the president’s proposal to strip the $54 billion from domestic programs and shift it to the military. Nearly everyone expects the fight to drag on for months…..Share on Facebook