President Donald Trump speaks to members of the U.S. Navy and shipyard workers on Thursday, onboard the USS Gerald R. Ford, an aircraft carrier that is being built in Newport News, Virginia. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump on Thursday, surrounded by U.S. Navy personnel aboard a massive aircraft carrier, again promised the largest military buildup in some time — but he faces an uphill fight to garner ample congressional support.
Trump used the USS Gerald R. Ford, a not-yet-active Navy warship docked at a shipyard in southeastern Virginia, as the stage for his first major national security speech since becoming the commander in chief. He described the U.S. military as a depleted force, and again said his coming fiscal 2018 budget plan will propose more Pentagon spending to begin buying new combat platforms.