Trump suggested giving raise to military officer while noting number of stars on his uniform: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE reportedly suggested that Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, get a pay raise after learning that he made less than $200,000. 

The Washington Post reported on Sunday that White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE has told people that he asked the president about the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff's salary. 

Kelly had reportedly asked Trump to name how much the official made. Trump replied $5 million, people who were told the story by Kelly told the Post. 

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Kelly, who was reportedly startled by the answer, told Trump that Dunford's position received a salary of less than $200,000. 

The revelation led Trump to suggest that Dunford get a large raise, noting how many stars he had on his uniform. 

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment. 

The anecdote about Trump's interaction with Kelly was a part of a larger report on Trump's push to reduce the federal deficit, even as he attempts to institute some policies that will increase spending. 

Government debt has increased by roughly $1.7 trillion since Trump became president in January 2017. The budget deficit also increased 17 percent in the 2018 fiscal year. 

Trump vowed to begin reducing the national debt while speaking at an event on workplace development in late October.