Trump promises military mothers, spouses more defense dollars

Trump promises military mothers, spouses more defense dollars
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President Trump on Friday promised a group of military mothers and spouses that he will increase defense spending to bolster a "depleted" force.

“We were in the depleted side, to put it mildly. We won't be anymore,” Trump said in brief remarks at the White House’s Mother's Day weekend event before introducing first lady Melania Trump.

Trump received a round of applause when he mentioned proposed increases in defense spending. He promised the group his administration would take care of members of all branches of the military, according to a White House press pool report.

“You have my complete and total support. This government stands behind you,” he said.

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Trump repeatedly promised during his campaign to increase defense spending and proposed $603 billion for the fiscal year 2018 base defense budget.

But Senate Armed Services Committee Chairmen John McCainJohn Sidney McCainSenate's defense authorization would set cyber doctrine Senate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions MORE (R-Ariz.) and his House counterpart, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), insist that is far from enough and want a $640 billion base defense budget in fiscal 2018.

Trump also repeatedly said that he had a great mother and that he thought she was looking down on him, according to pool reports.

He thanked the mothers and spouses for their service and sacrifices. Many of the attendees had their cameras out and cheered throughout the talk.

“I love you,” he told the group.