President Trump Speaks aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford

03 March, 2017, 00:26 | Author: Ora Austin
  • ABC News

President Donald Trump plans to trumpet his plans for an American military buildup Thursday from the deck of an aircraft carrier.

The president stated before an audience of sailors that his budget proposal to invest $54 billion into defense spending.

"We will be substantially upgrading all of our military, offensive, defensive, everything, bigger and better and stronger than ever before", Trump said on Friday. "American workers will build our fleets", said Trump, flanked by hard hat-clad employees of Newport News Shipbuilding, to applause. Ford became president when Nixon resigned in 1974. "Hampton Roads is going to get a very gold share of that whether it be military spending in general on our installations", said Claville, referring to the spending surge for DoD personnel and installations. "We will give our military the tools you need to prevent war and, if required, to fight war and only do one thing".

Trump championed the major spending increase as an economic boon, tying in his calls for a bigger military with his promises of boosting United States manufacturing.

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Although he offered few details, it represents a break from the hardline position he has laid out since taking office. Some of the biggest cheers came as he outlined a populist promise to restore manufacturing jobs.

Trump also mentioned his red caps, which became synonymous with his campaign and presidency, but said he had opted not to wear the "Make America Great Again" cap, preferring the Navy cap he'd been gifted.

Trump will speak from the USS Gerald R. Ford, a new ship in Newport News, Virginia.

Trump said he meant to bring the Navy to it's largest ever size. The Navy now has 10. Specifically, Trump called for a 12 aircraft carrier force, which would mean an additional Ford class carrier after the Ford's commissioning brings that total to 11.

"Hopefully it's power we don't have to use, but if we do, they're in big, big trouble", said Trump.

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