The Pentagon is getting everything it asked for in the White House’s annual budget request—and then some.
U.S. President Donald Trump will submit a budget to Congress on Monday that includes a sizable $750 billion for fiscal year 2020 for national defense spending, of which $718 billion will go to the Pentagon, a U.S. defense official confirmed to Foreign Policy. That figure includes roughly $9 billion in “emergency” funds that will go toward hurricane relief and border security, the Office of Management and Budget said Monday—in other words, Trump’s long-promised border wall with Mexico.[…]
With this year’s budget request, which is subject to congressional approval, the Pentagon is actually getting even more than it had hoped for. While not a huge leap, the figure is more of an increase than budget planners initially expected, reflecting growth of 4.7 percent over last year’s top line. Defense officials had been planning for a $733 billion overall national defense budget, which would have been an increase of 2.4 percent over last year’s $716 billion top line. Läs artikel