Trump calls for arms control, rips own defense budget as “crazy”
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump injected a fresh dose of uncertainty over defense spending Monday when he derided 2019’s defense budget — which he readily signed and has praised for months — as “crazy.” Breaking Defense reports.
The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:
4 Dec. 2018 -- The sharp turn in sentiment came in another dreaded early-morning presidential tweet that often shift the talking points for entire segments of the federal government, even if policies don’t change drastically.
The latest presidential missive was part of the president’s upbeat appraisal of his own performance at the G20 summit in Argentina over the weekend, where he met with Chinese president Xi Jinping and had an informal talk with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
Trump has spent months calling attention to the size of the defense budget as proof that he is building a more formidable military, often complaining that previous administrations didn’t spend enough on defense.
John Keller, chief editor
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