Trump, in reversal, calls for Pentagon to raise budget request to $750B: reports

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it MORE is reportedly calling for the Pentagon to raise its budget request for next year to $750 billion, significantly more than he previously wanted and $12 billion more than top military officials have been pushing for. 

Trump in a tweet last week appeared to call the Department of Defense's current budget of $716 billion "crazy," and he has been pushing for a 5 percent cut to its budget as he seeks to trim spending across the federal agencies. 

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But Trump reportedly changed his mind after a Tuesday meeting at the White House involving Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico Trump needs a national security adviser who 'speaks softly' US could deploy 150 troops to Syria: report MORE and the chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services committees, Rep. Mac ThornberryWilliam (Mac) McClellan ThornberryNegotiators kick off defense bill talks amid border wall, Iran debates Defense bill talks set to start amid wall fight House rejects GOP motion on replacing Pentagon funding used on border wall MORE (R-Texas) and Sen. James InhofeJames (Jim) Mountain InhofeNegotiators kick off defense bill talks amid border wall, Iran debates House rejects GOP motion on replacing Pentagon funding used on border wall Republicans wary of US action on Iran MORE (R-Okla.), Politico first reported.

"It’s 750 [billion]," an administration official familiar with the discussions told Politico. "Secretary Mattis secured that over lunch with the president. That’s the top line." CNN confirmed the report.

Mattis and other top defense officials have been seeking a $733 billion budget for fiscal 2020 as the president has floated a $700 billion budget. That number is now substantially higher, Politico and CNN reported.

"The President fully supports the National Defense Strategy and continuing to rebuild the military," an administration official told CNN. "With the help of Sen. Inhofe and Chairman Thornberry, President Trump agreed to $750 billion topline." 

The White House, Pentagon and Inhofe did not immediately respond to The Hill's requests for comment.

The $750 billion figure has not been announced officially yet. The Pentagon is continuing to move forward with a $733 billion proposal, Politico reported.

“There was a discussion with POTUS about how to get $733 billion, and POTUS suggested that if the position is $733 billion, then we should submit a budget at $750 billion as a negotiating tactic,” a source familiar with the discussions told Politico. “That said, the president changes his mind constantly."