U.S. President Donald Trump has pledged to raise defense spending by “immeasureable dollars,” while hinting that the plan to boost shelling out for missile defense provides soon as in the near future.
Speaking to reporters Thursday when it’s in New Jersey, Trump said: “We are going to be increasing our budget by many huge amounts of dollars due to North Korea, along with other reasons regarding the anti-missile. We are going to be increasing our budget by many immeasureable dollars,” adding that “we’ll oftimes be able to report that within the in the future.”
“We will probably be helping the anti-missiles by the substantial level of huge amounts of dollars,” he added.
Just what meaning is unclear, although it may be possible the White House will submit a proposal for consideration to Congress for the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.
While the House has recently completed its version of the NDAA, the Senate plans to get it up come September, with Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., having pledged several new amendments.
However, any boost in the defense budget may meet a challenge on Capitol Hill, which already must overcome the budget caps enforced from the Budget Control Act.
Both the House and Senate defense committees have laid out plans requesting additional money compared to the White House did for defense spending. Each of the chambers plussed the money for missile defense.
When talking about missile defense, Trump cited that “we reduced it by 5 percent, but I’ve decided I don’t want that,” which may be a experience of a roughly 4 percent decrease in funding for your Missile Defense Agency from FY17 levels.
Any increase in missile defense spending will come ahead of the conclusion of the Pentagon’s Ballistic Missile Defense review, which can be currently ongoing.
The president also repeated his claim, made via Twitter on Wednesday, that America’s nuclear capabilities was improved since he took office in January.
That statement was widely debunked by experts, who cite the fact any alteration of nuclear capabilities would require years, not months, knowning that any improvements which are ongoing were already underway during the Obama administration.
Asked directly how he improved the nuclear forces, Trump replied: “We’ve done a great deal of modernization, but we’ve done a great deal of renovation, so we get it now in great shape, and it will be in greater shape within the next half a year to some year.
“My first order was: We have to do the military, but before we do the military per se, we will perform the nuclear.”