Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump vowed to boost military spending by tens of billions of US dollars on Wednesday, outlining plans for major increases in the number of active troops, Navy ships and submarines, and fighter planes.
The New York businessman, who has struggled at times to demonstrate a command of foreign policy, is working to convince skeptics in both parties that he’s ready to lead the world’s most powerful military.
The United States currently spends more than 600 billion US dollars a year on the military, more than the next seven countries combined.
Trump has given mixed signals about whether he wants to increase military spending overall.
While Trump has often complained that US forces are not large enough or well-equipped, he’s also said that he’d save money by cutting waste and ensuring that contractors aren’t getting sweetheart deals because of their connections or lobbying efforts.
His position on the sequester has been even more murky. Trump expressed support for the cuts in interviews in 2013 – even describing them as too small – but seemed to suggest at the time that military spending should be exempt, undermining the sequester premise.
Even before promising a huge boost in military spending, Trump’s plans to cut taxes, expand infrastructure spending and leave untouched entitlement programs such as Social Security already threatened to add trillions of dollars to the federal deficit.
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