TURNER Calls Trump Proposal ‘Fake Budgeting’


Congressman Mike Turner, Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces, said President Donald Trump’s “historic increase” in military spending, is a fake.

Trump said the budget increase will be funded by cuts elsewhere in government, but Turner said the offer of a $603 billion budget for defense, is well below the needed $640 billion.

“The new administration claiming a 10% increase that’s really a 3% increase is fake budgeting.

“Our military’s readiness has suffered immensely over the past 8 years due to stringent budget cuts.

“It is imperative we can make a real attempt to reverse dangerous trends in defense spending,” said Turner.

Turner added that he hoped the administration will be able to come to the negotiating table in a meaningful way to support our armed forces and to protect our interests at home and abroad.

Donald Trump said on Monday he is seeking to boost Pentagon spending by $54 billion in his first budget proposal and slash the same amount from non-defense spending, including a large reduction in foreign aid, a White House budget official said.

Trump called it a public safety and national security budget and it will include an historic increase in defense spending to rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America at a time we most need it.

The U.S. military is already the world’s most powerful fighting force and the United States spends far more than any other country on defense.