Trump pledges to maintain ’12-carrier navy’

President Trump was in Virginia to tour the U.S.’s newest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford.

In his speech Trump introduced plans to rebuild the US navy.

“In these troubled times, our Navy is the smallest it’s been since World War I.  That’s a long time ago. In fact, I just spoke with Navy and industry leaders and have discussed my plans to undertake a major expansion of our entire Navy fleet, including having the 12-carrier Navy we need.”

Trump is asking congress for a $54 billion increase in military spending,

“We also need more aircraft, modernized capabilities, and greater force levels.  Additionally, we must vastly improve our cyber capabilities.” 

Trump hopes expansion of the military will also provide a stimulus to the U.S. economy.

“This great rebuilding effort will create many jobs in Virginia, and all across America, and it will also spur new technology and new innovation.”