It’s another campaign promise Donald Trump will keep so long as Congress allows him to do so. This time it’s his oft-repeated demand that the U.S. Military be rebuilt/modernized/and return to its status as the most feared and respected military in the entire world. The cost for this defense spending increase is being found in part by cutting the fat off other federal departments Trump (and millions of his supporters) deem far less essential, such as the EPA and the State Department.
It is a budget proposal with a size,scope, and intent not seen since the days of Ronald Reagan that is sure to please pro-military politicians and voters and enrage anti-military leftists who remain intent to see America merely join a globalist community where a large military is, in their minds, no longer necessary. (Certainly America’s many enemies have been pushing for that same scenario as well.)
Via a just-released Reuters report:
“One of the officials said Trump’s request for the Pentagon included more money for shipbuilding, military aircraft and establishing “a more robust presence in key international waterways and chokepoints” such as the Strait of Hormuz and South China Sea.
A second official said the State Department’s budget could be cut by as much as 30 percent, which would force a major restructuring of the department and elimination of programs.
The officials requested anonymity because the draft budget had not been made public yet.”
The Trump military budget reflects the administration’s concern regarding China’s growing influence both in the South China Sea, but globally as well. During the eight years of the Obama White House, China was allowed to grow both its military and economic influence nearly unfettered. Leaders made clear they had little respect and even less fear of President Obama.
President Trump is working to alter that scenario and see the U.S.’s influence restored.