Trump calls for higher defense spending after months of isolationist talk

From The Washington Post:

Trump’s address Wednesday represented his most substantive and comprehensive plan on national security to date — part of an ongoing effort to assuage doubts that he lacks a sufficient understanding of policy issues to assume the presidency. The remarks also cheered many GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill who have been wary of Trump’s repeated vows to retreat from international military commitments and focus more resources on domestic problems.

In his remarks, delivered at the Union League in Philadelphia, Trump said his proposed expansion would be made possible in part by bringing an end to Pentagon spending limits implemented in 2011 and known as sequestration.

“As soon as I take office, I will ask Congress to fully eliminate the defense sequester and will submit a new budget to rebuild our military. It is so depleted. We will rebuild our military,” Trump said. “This will increase certainty in the defense community as to funding and will allow military leaders to plan for our future defense needs.”

The speech came ahead of NBC’s “Commander-in-Chief” forum taking place Wednesday evening, the first event to feature both presidential candidates since they won their parties’ nominations. The forum, broadcast by MSNBC and NBC stations and hosted by Matt Lauer of the “Today” show, was billed as a discussion of the most important issues facing the nation’s next commander in chief. The two rivals were slated to appear separately before a live audience at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York at an event hosted by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

On Tuesday, Trump announced that he had been endorsed by 88 retired senior military officials. Not to be outdone, Clinton released a list Wednesday showing the support of 95 retired generals and admirals — more than any other recent non-incumbent Democrat, her …

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