[size=9]By ASHLEY PARKER and ALAN RAPPEPORTSEPT. 7, 2016[/size]
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Trump’s Outline for U.S. Defense
[size=11]DonaVIDEO at the linkld J. Trump. the Republican presidential nominee, said he would improve the nation’s military capabilities and approach overseas, with greater support from allies.
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS on Publish DateSeptember 7, 2016. Photo by Eric Thayer for The New [/size]
PHILADELPHIA — Lamenting the shrinking size of the United States military, Donald J. Trump warned Wednesday that America’s adversaries were preparing to capitalize on perceptions of American weakness around the world and vowed to bolster the nation’s military capabilities and defense spending.
“Our adversaries are chomping at the bit,” Mr. Trump said in a speech here at the Union League of Philadelphia. “We want to deter, avoid and prevent conflict through our unquestioned military strength.”
The speech, which Mr. Trump delivered with the aid of teleprompters, signified yet another effort by his campaign to refocus the Republican nominee on critiques of Hillary Clinton, his Democratic rival, and to demonstrate to voters that he can lay out detailed policy prescriptions to problems confronting the nation. It also seemed to be directed at the conservative foreign policy establishment, coming a day after Mr. Trumpreleased a letter from about 90 retired military officials endorsing his campaign.
Espousing a foreign policy “tempered by realism,” Mr. Trump portrayed Mrs. Clinton, the former secretary of state, as unsuited to lead the nation’s armed forces.
“Unlike my opponent, my foreign policy will emphasize diplomacy, not destruction,” Mr. Trump said. “Hillary Clinton’s legacy in Iraq, Libya, Syria has produced only turmoil and suffering and death.”
Describing Mrs. Clinton as “reckless” and “totally unfit to be our commander in chief,” Mr. Trump questioned her fitness for the Oval Office, turning the tables on a frequent line of attack from his Democratic rival.
“Sometimes it seemed like there wasn’t a country in the Middle East that Hillary Clinton didn’t want to invade, intervene in, or topple,” he said. “She’s trigger-happy and very unstable.”
Mr. Trump proposed bolstering the size of the Army and the Marine Corps, adding ships and submarines to the Navy, and investing in new fighter planes for the Air Force. He said he would end the caps on military spending, or sequester, that were imposed after the 2011 debt ceiling battle, adding that the additional spending would be offset through “common sense reforms” in other areas of government and by paring down military bureaucracy. But he did not offer specifics.
“As soon as I take office, I will ask Congress to fully eliminate the defense sequester and will submit a new budget to rebuild our military,” he said.
The Clinton campaign fought back after the speech by touting the endorsement of more retired generals and admirals, saying Mrs. Clinton had gotten greater support “than any non-incumbent Democrat due to her proven record of diplomacy and steady leadership on the world stage.”
Mr. Trump’s call for ending the sequester on military spending is unlikely to gain traction in the nation’s capital. Republicans have long pushed for lifting these limits — a proposal Democrats will consider only with comparable relief on the domestic spending side.
And on Tuesday night, in a sign of the likely stalemate, Senate Democrats filibustered a defense appropriations bill because it would have allowed for bursting through the caps on military spending without also doing the same for domestic spending.