NBC: President Trump Says Military More Important Than Balanced Budget
President Donald Trump said Thursday night that he is willing to subordinate balancing the federal budget in favor of strengthening the military, possibly putting him on a path to clashing with his own pick for budget director.
"Our military is more important to me than a balanced budget," the president declared in an interview with commentator Sean Hannity on Fox News Channel.
Prioritizing the military over balancing the budget isn't at odds with positions Trump expressed during the campaign. While he said on the campaign trail that he did want to balance the budget, he also said that he knew it would take time and that rebuilding the military and America's industrial infrastructure were equally as or even more important.
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WNU Editor: The number one priority for any government is the security of its citizens. Having said that .... I grew up in the Soviet Union where Soviet leaders always pushed the mantra that national security was the number one priority .... even if it meant sacrifices and shortcomings for everyone else. In the end .... this emphasis on military spending only accelerated the implosion of the economy and the Soviet Union itself. I guess there has to be a balanced .... but the U.S. has postponed finding this balance for a long time, and if President Trump's remarks are to be believed .... and if the economy does not boom when his economic and tax policies are implemented .... this balance will not happen during his term.
More News On President Trump's Remarks That The Military More Important Than A Balanced Budget
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