January 29, 2018

In State of the Union, Trump to push for new military spending

Featuring Lauren Fish

Source: Stars and Stripes

Journalist Claudia Grisales

WASHINGTON — In his first formal State of the Union speech, President Donald Trump will push lawmakers to look at new levels of military spending in light of growing threats around the globe.

The wide-ranging speech, under a theme of “building a safe, proud and strong America,” to both chambers of Congress on Tuesday evening, will focus on the administration’s accomplishments in its first year and set an agenda for the coming year.

“I expect him to call for a significant increase in military spending,” Molly Reynolds, a governance studies fellow at the Brookings Institution, said Monday during a preview of the speech at the liberal-leaning Washington think tank.

Trump’s speech is expected to highlight a prosperous economy and low unemployment in his first year as president, while also pushing for new spending for infrastructure and national defense.

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  • Lauren Fish

    Research Associate, Defense Strategies and Assessments Program

    Lauren Fish is a Research Associate with the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program and Future of Warfare Initiative at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Pri...