Virtually every Republican presidential candidate has promised to increase funding to national defense, and they typically deliver on that vow. However, Donald Trump may end up setting a record for spending on one particular branch of the military.
This latest development echoes principles made famous by previous Republican administrations, from “Walk softly but carry a big stick,” to “Trust but verify.”
Those who complain that Trump is too friendly with Vladimir Putin may want to examine this proposal, because it contradicts that liberal narrative.
David Sharp reports for the Associated Press:
With President-elect Donald Trump demanding more ships, the Navy is proposing the biggest shipbuilding boom since the end of the Cold War to meet threats from a resurgent Russia and saber-rattling China.
The Navy’s 355-ship proposal released last month is even larger than what the Republican Trump had promoted on the campaign trail, providing a potential boost to shipyards that have struggled because budget caps that have limited money funding for ships.
This could not come at a better time as tensions have flared up between the U.S. and its enemies:
The Navy and Trump may not initially agree on how many ships need to be built, but this certainly falls in line with many of the president-elect’s promises, from creating jobs to strengthening the armed forces.
AP quotes industry sources who point out that Russia and China are building up their navies, so the U.S. must do likewise. Of course, liberals will complain that Trump is being a “warmonger” by doing so, but that’s been their complaint about conservatives for over one hundred years. Trump isn’t likely to be moved by that “argument.”
Source: Associated Press/Yahoo! News