Trump to push Pentagon upgrade aboard US aircraft carrier

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is planning to meet with sailors and shipbuilders on an aircraft carrier in Virginia as he promotes his plans for a major buildup of the nation's military.
 
Trump is traveling Thursday to Newport News to deliver a speech aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford, a $12.9 billion warship expected to be commissioned this year after cost overruns and delays. He's also meeting with the carrier's builder.
 
A draft White House budget plan would add $54 billion to the Pentagon's projected budget, a 10 percent increase.
 
"To keep America safe, we must provide the men and women of the United States military with the tools they need to prevent war - if they must - they have to fight and they only have to win," Trump said Tuesday.

© 2017 Associated Press


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