Trump blasts military sequester in weekly address

President Trump underscored his commitment to lifting budget caps on military spending as he gave his weekly address recorded from the U.S.S. Gerald Ford.

“My vision includes the elimination of the defense sequester, which has imposed steep cuts on our military,” Trump, wearing a U.S.S. Gerald Ford hat and Navy jacket, said in the video posted Friday.

“My budget will give America’s armed forces the resources they need to achieve full and total military preparedness to meet any and all global challenges and meet them we will. Investing in the military means investing in peace.”

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The video was released a day after Trump delivered a speech aboard the U.S.S. Gerald Ford, a new aircraft supercarrier, about his proposals to expand the military and increase the country’s defense budget by $54 billion.

Sequestration, which created caps on both military and nonmilitary spending, was imposed by the bipartisan Budget Control Act of 2011 after lawmakers failed to reach a compromise spending deal.

The Trump administration, meanwhile, is facing a storm of controversy over Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Memo: Mueller's depictions will fuel Trump angst Collins: Mueller report includes 'an unflattering portrayal' of Trump Trump frustrated with aides who talked to Mueller MORE’s decision to recuse himself from any investigations of Russia's ties to Trump's presidential campaign.

Democrats and some Republicans called for his recusal after revelations that Sessions spoke with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. twice during the 2016 campaign. During his confirmation hearing, Sessions said under oath he didn’t have any contact with Russian officials.

Trump expressed “total confidence” in Sessions, and White House press secretary Sean Spicer said he didn’t need to recuse himself, but the Alabama Republican held a press conference Thursday afternoon saying he believed recusal was the best course of action.