President Donald Trump officially commissioned the Navy’s latest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, at Norfolk, Virginia and in his speech he made the pitch to Congress to increase military spending, 100% Fed Up reports.
Trump urged Congress to approve the budget for fiscal year 2018 — which begins on Oct. 1 — that would add $54 billion to defense spending, an increase of about 10 percent.
Trump said there has been “a shortfall in military readiness” and described the previous administration “a very, very bad time” for the military.
Trump lauded the $12.9 billion modern aircraft carrier, named after the country’s 38th president, which he describes as a symbol of a new era when the world sees America’s strength again.
“Our enemies will shake with fear because everyone will know that America is coming and America is coming strong,” Trump said in his speech.
Among those present in the occasion are Ford’s four children as well as former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld and former vice president Dick Cheney.