How to Support and Distance Yourself from the President’s DoD Budget

| Walter Pincus
Walter Pincus
Contributing Sr. National Security Columnist, The Cipher Brief

OPINION — Fine Print — Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer last week joined the very public chorus of defense experts in questioning whether President Trump’s call for reducing fiscal 2020 Pentagon spending to $700 billion will actually take place.

With the deficit soaring, Trump back in mid-October, told his cabinet members, with TV cameras rolling, “I’d like you all to come back with a five percent cut. If you do that, we will be very happy. There are some people sitting at the table…that can really do more.”

At the time, Trump suggested the Pentagon would only have to go down to $700 billion, which would mean slightly less than a three percent reduction.

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The Author is Walter Pincus

Walter Pincus is a contributing senior national security columnist for The Cipher Brief. He spent forty years at The Washington Post, writing on topics from nuclear weapons to politics.  In 2002, he and a team of Post reporters won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. He also won an Emmy in 1981 and the 2010 Arthur Ross Award from the American Academy for Diplomacy.

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