NEWPORT NEWS – In a speech at Newport News Shipbuilding on Thursday afternoon, President Donald Trump told the crowd that they would soon see a drastic increase in defense spending.
Standing aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier while hundreds of sailors and shipbuilders surrounded the stage, Trump said the ship was a worthy tribute to its namesake, a former president and U.S. Navy sailor who served time in World War II.
“Congratulations to all of the men and women who helped build it,” Trump said. “This is American craftsmanship at its biggest, at its best, at its finest. This warship and all who serve on it should be a source of shared pride for our nation.”
As the crowd cheered, Trump leaned in toward the microphone and promised an increase in military spending and building of defense equipment.
“By the way, we’re going to soon have more coming,” he said. “We have more coming.”
During the president’s address at the joint session of Congress, Trump said that he requested an end to current defense sequestrations. If allowed, Trump said he will begin rebuilding military forces.
“After years of endless budget cuts that have impaired our defenses, I am calling for one of the largest defense spending increases in history,” Trump said. “By eliminating the sequester and the uncertainty it creates, we will make it easier for the Navy to plan for the future and, thus, to control costs and get the best deals for the taxpayer.”
Trump continued saying that under his administration, U.S. military forces would be able to acquire more boats, ships and planes at lower costs. In doing so, Trump said, our forces would be properly prepared to defend the country.
“Our republic will meet any challenge, defeat any danger, face any threat, and always seek true and lasting peace,” Trump said.