Corey Lewandowski: Budget agreement will make US military strong again

Corey Lewandowski: Budget agreement will make US military strong again
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The budget agreement that Congress cut last week to keep the government open was controversial, yet it had some very important provisions that will help restore military readiness and provide some comfort to the families of local first responders who have lost loved ones. Our military had been subject to mandatory spending cuts that have made it more likely that other nations will sense weakness and commence war. This agreement ends that perceived weakness.

One overlooked provision in the legislation that funded the government for another six weeks is the addition of the “Honoring Hometown Heroes Act” that allows the U.S. flag to be flown at half-staff following the death off a first responder. While many pampered NFL players are kneeling during the national anthem, patriots in Congress and President TrumpDonald John TrumpMichelle Obama says not always easy to live up to "we go high" Georgia certifies elections results in bitterly fought governor's race Trump defends border deployment amid fresh scrutiny MORE can take credit for honoring America’s fallen local heroes. The left seems to hate parades and the flag, while most Americans love their country and want to honor the flag and individuals who serve this country both at home and abroad.

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President Trump said during his State of the Union address that “weakness if the surest path to conflict” harkening back to President Ronald Reagan’s call for “peace through strength.” And White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said last week:

“We are pleased that Congress has been able to meet our defense spending requirement and come together on a two-year spending bill. This deal achieves our top priority: a much-needed increase in funding for our national defense. This deal also increases budget caps, ends the sequester, and provides certainty for the next two years.”

As Sanders made clear, “Thanks to President Trump, we can now have the strongest military we have ever had.” This is welcome change in policy that will help make our military stronger while allocating more resources to help veterans who have served our nation honorably.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report on the agreement is a valuable resource on how much more money Congress has allocated to military readiness. The deal provides about $165 billion in increased defense spending over the next two years. This higher level of spending will provide certainty for our military readiness program announced by the White House. Much of the spending for long term military readiness was on hold because of constant government shut downs and cuts mandated by the defense sequester that capped military spending at low Obama-era levels.

While the left cries about President Trump not doing enough for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, this plan adds $90 billion in new funding to respond to the natural disasters in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. The agreement also made a down payment on President Trump’s infrastructure plan by allocating some money for existing transportation programs.

No doubt that this plan was met with controversy, but it is important to note that this plan contained some necessary money to make the military great again. This budget agreement should calm the financial markets and provide needed certainty that the government is committed to cutting taxes, rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure while also rebuilding the military. This was a national security victory for all Americans and yet another accomplishment that President Donald Trump will get little credit for by the mainstream media, which seems obsessed with matters that don’t impact average Americans.

The list of Trump accomplishments are growing day by day. The economy is experiencing record growth while more Americans are going back to work. The military now has enough resources to prepare to win the war against ISIS and to provide a strong missile defense system to deter the evil intentions of North Korea. The dream of making America great again is within grasp.

Corey R. Lewandowski served as a campaign manager to Donald J. Trump, the 45th president of the United States. He is chief strategist of America First Policies and co-author of “Let Trump Be Trump: The Inside Story of his Rise to the Presidency.” Follow him on Twitter @CLewandowski_.