Trump’s spending blueprint previewed a major address that he will give Tuesday night to a joint session of Congress, laying out his vision for what he called a “public safety and national security budget” with a nearly 10 percent increase in defense spending.
While McCain backed Trump’s criticism of the costs of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jet program, he clarified that a president does not have the authority to cancel it because funds have already been appropriated.
Americans are paying for 75 percent of NATO’s military spending. And only six of the 28 NATO members have met U.S. demands that they devote at least 2 percent of their gross domestic product to defense. We spend 3.6 percent. For the record, the combined GDP of our NATO allies is about equal to ours.
Members of Congress whose states or districts benefited from missile defense spending fought doggedly to protect three of the programs long after their shortcomings became obvious.