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Trump reportedly told the Pentagon to increase the defense budget to $750 billion after saying he would cut spending by 5%
After announcing plans to cut military spending, President Trump has reportedly asked Jim Mattis to prepare a $750 billion budget proposal for 2020.
Trump gives European countries ‘the willies’ about buying US weapons, but he’s not their only concern
Trump has added to European countries' interest in developing their domestic defense industries, but their frustration with him only adds to other concerns they've long had about US policies.
Global military spending reached $1.739 trillion in 2017, up 1.1% from 2016. "In 2017 the USA spent more on its military than the next seven highest-spending countries combined," according to SIPRI.
House Republicans' plan to avoid a shutdown includes funding for the military and Medicare, but no DACA solution or debt-ceiling increase.
Trump was asked about a Marine general’s prediction that a ‘big-ass fight’ is coming and said ‘maybe he knows something that I...
"I would say this ... we have a very, very powerful military. We're getting more powerful by the month, by the day," Trump said.
The House authorized nearly $700 billion for defense programs, including increased pay and benefits for soldiers in an attempt to combat low retention rates.
Although the USA spends the most globally on its military budget, the picture is different when budgets are looked at as a percentage of GDP.
The biggest problem, writes Capt. Joshua Waddell, is "self-delusion."
The implication that the US's arsenal isn't "up to snuff" is "exaggerating misleading and flat out wrong," and it could also syphon precious funds.
The only chart you need to see to know that the US spends more on its military than the next 11 countries combined
A surprising graphic puts things in perspective.