Trump calls US defense spending 'crazy!' months after signing bill to increase it; seeks talks with Xi and Putin to halt the arms race


After signing up to a $717 billion DOD budget. Uhmmmm "OK."

LOL! .... just more "words only" junk, from another Republi-'con', to string along America's VERY GULLIBLE Republican voters until the next DOD budget is presented. It always works to get America's most ignorant voters to "bite" for a few months that the Republi-'cons' are "concerned" about spending.

in the meantime, their kids and grandkids are inheriting all of these bills ("trillion dollar" annual federal deficits start occurring next fiscal year, again,).... while DOD corporate contractors are wearing big smiles that they received two gifts from Republicans: (1) PERMANENT tax cuts, and (2) a huge budget for defense contracts (all paid for by borrowing).

Why do Republican voters hate their children and grandchildren so much?

The ONLY way Trump's days are numbered would be IF he was impeached or he lost the 2020 election! I couldn't care less that 'He's viewed by many around the world as a disgrace and an embarrassment"! Trump has stated he is president of the US and he will do a what is in OUR best interest! Obama was beloved by foreign leaders because foreign leaders LOVE a weak US President, it makes them feel more important! I was raised that God uses people you would never think of, to further his plan! David had Bathsheba's husband killed, Moses killed a man, Saul persecuted Christians and become Paul one of the greatness Christians!

Let's do some math here Bobby, so you can see how you're being fooled about that "5%"...

(1) Last Obama year (2016), federal spending was $3.8 trillion.

(2) First Trump year (2017), federal spending = $4.0 trillion, and second Trump year (2018), the White House Office of Management and Budget estimates that spending will equal $4.2 trillion. <--- FACT: Federal spending has grown by 10.5% since Trump took office.

(3) Now, Trump says he's going to "cut spending by 5%".... so, in effect (10.5% - 5%) = he has actually grown spending by 5.5%.

Just thought I'd educate you on the "sham" they're pulling on you. You must get easily "ripped off" when you shop at "sales," huh?.... LOL!

Yes, indeed it is brilliant. Something tells me you aren't a student of history.

Allows America to focus resources domestically during peace-time and then shift those resources during times of war. Note this is exactly what we did in WWI and WWII and WON both spectacularly. Necessity is the mother of invention.

And yes, we did volunteer to be the world's sheriff. First by organizing the League of Nations, and then through the Marshall Plan to rebuild the EU. Since then, America has willingly expanded its influence across the planet. We have done so in order to maintain national security and a strong leadership role. We have consistently had the strongest economy and military since. Why "fix" a system that ain't broke?

By the way, there is a reason we wanted European nations to "spend their money on social programs INSTEAD of their militaries" Ironically you already pointed out the reason why that is in America's best interests, but seem to be confused about that now.

Eh, you realize we also fought in the Pacific, right? Like, several years before entering the European effort. I fully disagree with the premise of your argument - we are not saying that the US is completely defensless and needs to raise an army from scratch. Clearly we have missile defense, we have multiple armed forces at the ready stationed across the globe, we have reserves and a national guard. We aren't saying to dissolve any of that, only that it is "crazy" (to use the President's term) to continually bloat an already bloated system.

And yes, the goal was to have Europe rebuild itself in a "neutered" capacity to prevent another dictator sweeping the continent and drag the US into another world war. And yes, that included defense against the USSR. Stalemate cold war was far less costly in terms of actual dollars and human lives, and produced numerous technological advancements along the way. There are some things more important that money.

What Trump actually said is clear to me. I don't understand the kerfuffle.

I am certain that, at some time in the future, President Xi and I, together with President Putin of Russia, will start talking about a meaningful halt to what has become a major and uncontrollable Arms Race. The U.S. spent 716 Billion Dollars this year. Crazy!

The "arms race" is what caused us to need to spend $717 billion on Defense. We need to spend that because our military has been downsized in equipment, personnel and training over the two terms of Obama. Clinton started the process.;cuid=3677626" rel="nofollow noopener" title="https://www.usgovernmentspe" target="_blank" class='link_art' rel='nofollow' >https://www.usgovernments...usgovernmentspe... shows that the big Vietnam spike occurred during Lyndon Johnson's terms. Nixon/Ford brought it down from a war budget to a peace budget.

Carter dropped it a little

Reagan increased spending during his first term, resulting in the beginning of the death of the Soviet Union. Then, in his second term, he reduced it below where he found it.

Bush 41 continued the drop even though he fought Desert Storm.

Clinton dropped it the lowest point in the 53 years in the chart.

Bush 43 responded to 911 with Afghanistan, which was justified in the beginning. Then he screwed up with Iraq II. And both went on way too long. But his Defense increases were way less than either Johnson's or Reagan's.

China is making rapid advances in its deep-water fleet, its air force and its missile capabilities, the last largely because of technology sharing during Clinton's terms.

Russia is updating its nuclear capabilities using loopholes in the START treaties.

Unless you want to learn Mandarin or Russian, accept what it costs to make us strong enough to prevent a war with China and/or Russia.

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you again, added 10 trillion can you explain, given his actual contribution was just under 1 trillion (mostly to the ARRA and the bail-outs) in an attempt to put a floor under the US economy. As for GDP see chart. slowest recovery, every recession since the 50's has been slow to recover can ya think of why ? gave us ISIS, no that would be GWB and his useless attack on Iraq. as for the economy would you like to compare some economic indexes, say for Q4 16' with today ? energy ? ever heard of fracking ? Imagem rel="nofollow noopener" title="https://uploads.disquscdn.c" target="_blank">https://uploads.disquscdn.c" alt="Imagem" height="42%" width="42%">...

Trump was told by the Dems not to increase defense spending by such a ridiculous amount, but he refused to listen and got his silent GOP cowards to approve it. Now he’s saying such spending is crazy?

Trump said throughout his campaign: “I never had any deals going on in Russia” but now that it’s out, he says; “of course I did. I’m a businessman. What if I didn’t win?”

Trump said: “Hush money? I don’t even know Stormy Daniels and I never gave her any money.” After Cohen released the tapes, Trump says: “I paid her from my personal funds, no campaign money.”

MAGA! “My base are all idiots!”