Washington (CNN) Defense Secretary James Mattis has privately told Congress the Trump administration's Pentagon budget request isn't sufficient to cover the cost of rebuilding the military as President Donald Trump has vowed to do, four sources familiar with the conversations told CNN.
Trump has repeatedly said he would rebuild the military with a massive defense spending increase, but the funding planned for next year's budget is less than what the Pentagon sought, according to sources with knowledge of the deliberations.
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Trump has said he wants to boost the military by adding tens of thousands more Army soldiers, grow to a 350-ship Navy and add supply the Air Force with more fighter jets.
A question not answered is who is the U.S. going to war against? The con artist colluded with Russia during the campaign so to consider that country an enemy seems remote, especially when one considers the fawning, almost devotional platitudes the con artist regularly gives to Russia.
China? Other than nuclear weapons, its military only has large numbers of inexperienced personnel. Its navy wouldn't last more than a week or two on the open seas.
That leaves Europe. As it appears the European Union is breaking down, if not dissolving entirely, the con artist might use that as an opportunity to expand the empire. Being able to knock off an individual country is much easier than having to take on an entire continent.