Trump seeks ‘historic’ U.S. military spending boost, domestic cuts | Reuters

By Steve Holland
| WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump is seeking what he called a “historic” increase in defense spending, but ran into immediate opposition from Republicans in Congress who must approve his plan and said it was not enough to meet the military’s needs.

The proposed rise in the Pentagon budget to $603 billion comes as the United States has wound down major wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and remains the world’s strongest military power.

The plan came under fire from Democratic lawmakers, who said cuts being proposed to pay for the additional military spending would cripple important domestic programs such as environmental protection and education.

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A White House budget official, who outlined the plan on a conference call with reporters, said the administration would propose…

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