GOP nominee Donald Trump promises to increase military spending, capacities
Fourth Estate Staff
Philadelphia, PA, United States (4E) – GOP nominee Donald Trump said in a statement during his speech at the Union League Philadelphia that if he wins, he will be increasing military spending as well as its capacities.
According to Trump, the U.S. military’s size is shrinking and this has given the country’s enemies the notion that U.S. is weak thus they would attempt to capitalize on the country. Trump continued, “Our adversaries are chomping at the bit. We want to deter, avoid and prevent conflict through our unquestioned military strength.”
The speech of Trump comes a day after he released a letter from 90 retired military officials who are endorsing his campaign. He also took a jab on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton comparing his foreign policy with hers. Trump said that his foreign policy will emphasize on diplomacy and not destruction. He claimed that the legacy of Clinton in the war-torn countries such as Iraq, Libya, and Syria, produced only turmoil, suffering, and death.
Trump added, “Sometimes it seemed like there wasn’t a country in the Middle East that Hillary Clinton didn’t want to invade, intervene in, or topple. She’s trigger-happy and very unstable.” The real estate mogul once again questioned Clinton’s ability to be the head of state as he believes she is reckless.
More on Trump’s plans to increase the military capacity and budget, he suggested that the size of the Army and the Marine Corps will be increased. More ships and submarines will be given to the Navy and new fighter planes will be given to the Air Force. For the budget, Trump said that he would end the caps on military spending, which was a result of the 2011 debt ceiling.
Trump did not say how large the increase in the budget would be but a senior campaign aide for him said that if the sequester would be eliminated by the Congress, as what he would reportedly ask them to do if he takes office, there would be a $500 billion reinvestment for the next 10 years.
The GOP nominee also said that he would ask the military to give him a detailed plan as to how they will defeat the Islamic State (IS).
The Clinton campaign responded to Trump’s statements saying that despite the retired generals and admirals showing support for Trump via the letter he released, they believe that the Democratic nominee has greater support than any non-incumbent Democrat.