Trump commissions USS Gerald R. Ford, calls on Congress to boost defense spending

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July 23, 2017

TrumpPresident Trump commissioned the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford Saturday, celebrating the newest symbol of American military might as he called on Congress to approve a budget with a big increase in defense spending.

Addressing an audience of dignitaries and sailors on the $12.9-billion nuclear-powered carrier at the Naval Air Station in Norfolk, Virginia, Mr. Trump said the new warship will deliver an unmistakable message to America’s allies and enemies.

“American steel and American hands have constructed a 100,000-ton message to the world: American might is second to none, and we’re getting bigger and better and stronger every day of my administration,” Mr. Trump said. “Everyone will know that America is coming, and America is coming strong.”

The warship is the largest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in the world, and was emblazoned for the event with a banner proclaiming “Made in the USA.” It’s named for the 38th president, who rose to the rank of lieutenant commander in the Navy in World War II.

Mr. Trump used the occasion to call on Congress to complete the fiscal 2018 budget that would boost defense spending by about $54 billion, an increase of roughly 10 percent. The new fiscal year begins Oct. 1.

  • donl

    Something should be done about the Commies & Socialists who have taken over the Democrat Party. They are our biggest threat.

  • Pete

    It is about time for the Senators and Representatives who have the designation Republican to get off their lazy a$$es and do the job they are so handsomely paid to do.
    Pass a deficit neutral budget. (CBO is in the tank for the socialists so ignore their biased utterances.)
    Repeal entirely Obamacare with the stipulation that no one now legally on Medicaid would be removed by the repeal. (Spike the guns of the whiny butt naysayers).
    Build the damn wall.
    Start infrastructure rebuilding NOW. (same comment about the CBO)

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  • Jmanjo

    Go Trump!

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