Trump Expected to Ask for $716 Billion in Defense Spending for 2019


The proposal is a win for Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, who unveiled recently a strategy to retool the military to deter and fight, if necessary, powers such as China and Russia, the report said.

Spending on ongoing wars, maintenance of the U.S. nuclear arsenal, and the Pentagon’s annual budget would be included in the $716 billion figure, which would be a 13-percent increase over 2017’s defense budget of $634 billion, The Post reported.

A senior U.S. official said that the $716 billion is the target number that the White House provided to lawmakers as they plan to adjust spending caps that Congress has mandated.

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