Trump Files Bigger Budget for Pentagon

President Donald Trump proposed the largest military budget since 2011 to build a nuclear defense system and withhold the growing strength of China and Russia.

Under the proposal, part of the proposed Trump budget request for the government, the Pentagon will receive $ 617 billion and an additional $ 69 billion to fund the ongoing share of war in fiscal 2019. The fund rose by $ 74 billion from the budget in the previous fiscal year.

But critics say the budget increase still does not match Trump's promise in the 2019 presidential campaign. Trump often illustrates the US military's lack of funding.

The 2019 budget document specifically highlights the effort "to stop the erosion of US military superiority in relation to China and Russia" which is the focus of the National Defense Strategy announced by Defense Minister Jim Mattis in January. [as/fw]