FIGHTING TO REBUILD OUR MILITARY: President Donald J. Trump has fought for our military since day one and has sought to provide our troops with the funding they need.
- On February 9, 2018, President Trump signed a two-year budget deal raising the military’s budget caps for national defense to $700 billion for Fiscal Year 2018 and $716 billion for Fiscal Year 2019.
- Raising the budget caps fulfills the President’s promise to end years of harmful sequestration budget restraints on our military and will help the military rebuild.
- The new budget cap increases Fiscal Year 2018 defense spending over the previous year by nearly $70 billion, a 10 percent increase and the largest increase for our military since 2007.
- The budget deal provides for funding levels that would support for thousands more troops and billions more in funding for missile defense.
- President Trump signed the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorized important priorities for defense spending.
- The NDAA authorized $626 billion of base budget resources for the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy national security programs, providing an additional $66 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations.
- The NDAA authorized a 2.4 percent pay raise for our troops, providing a significant improvement in quality of life for the members of our military.
- The NDAA included authorization for $146.2 billion for military personnel, including pay, allowances, and bonuses.
- The NDAA adds thousands to the size of U.S. forces and provides billions of dollars for the air, land, and sea equipment our military needs.
- The NDAA authorizes key investments in readiness across the military, supporting Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force operations and maintenance.
- The President has called for a major modernization of our nuclear forces to ensure that the U.S. deterrent is modern, robust, flexible, ready, and resilient.
AN AMERICA FIRST NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY: President Trump has charted a new course for America’s foreign policy, putting the interests and security of the American people first.
- President Trump has outlined a national security strategy following four key pillars:
- protect the homeland, the American people, and the American way of life;
- promote American prosperity;
- preserve peace through strength; and
- advance American influence.
ENDING THE THREAT OF TERROR: President Trump has made great strides in fulfilling his promise to defeat ISIS and tackle the threat of terror around the world.
- ISIS has lost nearly 100 percent of its former caliphate.
- More than 50 percent of the territory liberated from ISIS has been liberated under the Trump Administration, freeing another 5 million people from ISIS’s oppression.
- The President is committed to destroying ISIS, and the Global Coalition will hunt these terrorists wherever they hide.
- President Trump is making clear to our allies that they cannot be America’s friends while supporting or condoning terror.
- The President has suspended security assistance to Pakistan, sending a long-overdue message to the recipients of American foreign aid that we expect them to fully join us in combatting terrorism.
- In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, President Trump called on representatives of over 50 Muslim-majority nations to do more to combat terror and extremist ideology.
DETERRING THREATS TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE: President Trump has made strong and necessary moves to deter threats to the United States.
- The President has led and executed an international maximum pressure campaign against North Korea to compel North Korea to denuclearize and cease its dangerous provocations.
- The President has rallied world powers in support of increasing economic and diplomatic pressure.
- The global maximum pressure campaign appears to be working—North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has committed to ceasing provocations and expressed willingness to denuclearize.
- The President has agreed to meet with the North Korean leader and will use this opportunity to hold the regime to its commitment to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.
- The President has taken aggressive action to confront Iran’s threatening behavior, including imposing sanctions on dozens of Iran-linked entities and refusing to re-certify the Iran deal.
- The President ordered missile strikes in Syria, in opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad following his use of chemical weapons against his own people. In doing so, the President stood up for the global norms against the use of chemical weapons.