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JULY 24, 2017
President Trump must use his business sense to lower waste, negligence and ineptness at the Pentagon. Trump commissioned the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford Saturday, celebrating the newest symbol of American military might as he called on Congress to approve a budget with a big increase in defense spending. Addressing an audience of dignitaries and sailors on the $12.9-billion nuclear-powered carrier at the Naval Air Station in Norfolk, Virginia, Mr. Trump said the new warship will deliver an unmistakable message to Americas allies and enemies.
American steel and American hands have constructed a 100,000-ton message to the world: American might is second to none, and were getting bigger and better and stronger every day of my administration, Mr. Trump said. Everyone will know that America is coming, and America is coming strong. The warship is the largest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in the world, and was emblazoned for the event with a banner proclaiming Made in the USA. Its named for the 38th president, who rose to the rank of lieutenant commander in the Navy in World War II.
Mr. Trump used the occasion to call on Congress
to complete the fiscal 2018 budget that would boost defense spending by
about $54 billion, an increase of roughly 10 percent. The new fiscal year
begins Oct. 1. For years, our government has subjected the military
to unpredictable funding, and a devastating defense sequester, the president
said. This has led to deferred maintenance, a lack of investment in new
equipment and technology and a shortfall in military readiness. Its been
a very, very bad period of time for our military.