US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has vowed to vastly expand the American military and defeat the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group if elected president.
During a speech at the Union League of Philadelphia on Wednesday, Trump called on Congress to end the cuts to US military spending.
“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,” Trump said. “It is so depleted. We will rebuild our military.”
Trump promised to order the military to devise a new plan to defeat Daesh “immediately upon taking office.”
Trump proposed increasing the Army to 540,000 troops and adding nearly 75 new warships for the Navy, as well as buying dozens of new fighter jets for the Air Force, requiring up to $90 billion a year in additional spending.
However, the billionaire businessman did not specify how the country would raise the money, other than a promise to take steps like reducing wasteful spending, which military budget analysts said would be inadequate.
“Everyone comes in saying they want to reduce wasteful spending,” said Todd Harrison, a military budget expert with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “Folks have tried that again and again, and they have largely not been successful.”
Trump also criticized his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for her foreign policy record, portraying 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,” Trump said. “Hillary Clinton’s legacy in Iraq, Libya, Syria has produced only turmoil and suffering and death.”
He also accused the administration of President Barack Obama of lying about the nuclear agreement with Iran. “Our president lied to us,” Trump said of Obama, falsely saying the nuclear deal with Iran put the country “on a path to nuclear weapons.”