NEWPORT NEWS – President Donald Trump will visit Newport News Shipbuilding on Thursday.
According to Huntington Ingalls Inc. spokesperson Beci Brenton, the president will speak aboard the Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier.
The visit will come two days after President Trump is set to deliver his first address during a joint session of Congress on Tuesday.
It also comes on the heels of the release of the president’s budgetary priorities — and military spending is at the top.
Newport News Shipbuilding, which is controlled by Huntington Ingalls Industries, is responsible for the design, construction, overhaul and repair of more than 800 ships for the U.S. Navy and commercial customers, according to the company’s website.
NNS is also the nation’s sole designer, builder and refueler of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and one of only two shipyards capable of designing and building nuclear-powered submarines, the website states.
On Monday, the Trump administration’s Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said the fiscal 2018 budget would include $603 billion in defense spending and $462 billion in domestic funding.
The proposed defense total is a $54 billion increase above the Budget Control Act spending caps for defense, an expansion Mulvaney called one of the “largest increases in history.” The president said he intends to focus federal spending on national security, including boosts to the military, local law enforcement and the Border Patrol, according to POLITICO.
Monday’s announcement follows months of Trump campaigning on the need to increase military spending.
“History shows that when America is not prepared is when the danger is greatest,” Trump said during a campaign stop in Philadelphia last September. “We want to deter, avoid and prevent conflict through our unquestioned military dominance.”
Demonstrations in support of President Trump are planned throughout the country on Saturday. March 4 Trump, a “national day of action” planned by a local group, is scheduled to being at 1 p.m. on March 4 at Mount Trashmore Park.