President Trump has ordered a $54 billion boost to increase spending on defense and the military instead of spending it on foreign aid or environmental programs.
The budget plans and outline was sent to governmental departments Monday and offer them a chance to help define the president’s priorities nearing the end of his first month. He has previously spoken boldly but offered no details on how he will conduct his actual actions.
An official speaking for the Office of Management and Budget said to reporters that the department included an increase of around 10% on the $600 billion defense budget.
All the details regarding the rough draft budget haven’t yet gone public. Agencies also are able to negotiate the changes to the blueprint, which will be published this March.
Regardless, Trump gave a preview of his plans the week prior in his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
“We’re also putting in a massive budget request for our beloved military. And we will be substantially upgrading all of our military, all of our military, offensive, defensive, everything. Bigger and better and stronger than ever before,” he stated.
Response to the Request
Critics are questioning whether or not there is a need for such a large increase in the Pentagon’s spending as the current military budges stands at a whopping $600 billion a year.
Trump made the rebuilding of what he called America’s “depleted” military forces a large part of the 2016 campaign.
He directly called for another 90,000 soldiers, a 350-ship Navy, and 100 additional Air Force officers in order to portray the US as stronger and harder than before.
One official explained to Reuters that his Pentagon request included additional money to build ships, military aircrafts, and “a more robust presence in key international waterways and chokepoints” like what is seen in the South China Sea.