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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