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President Donald Trump aims to increase the Pentagon’s budget by $54 billion, as part of a push to rebuild America’s “depleted military.” Trump also promised to rein in domestic spending and do more with less.
Both Office of Management and Budget head Mick Mulvaney and White House press secretary Sean Spicer confirmed the amount at the press briefing on Monday, describing it as the funding the military needed to “get off life support” caused by the Budget Control Act, also known as the sequester.
Details of the new budget will be unveiled sometime in March, but the president is expected to preview portions of it during Tuesday’s night address to Congress.
In a Monday meeting with governors at the White House, Trump said the budget will be heavy on “public safety and national security” and feature a “historic increase of defense spending to rebuild the depleted military.”
"We're going to do more with less,” Trump said, “and make the government lean and accountable."
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