President Trump says he has discussed his plans with Navy and industry leaders to ''undertake a major expansion of our entire Navy fleet, including having the 12-carrier Navy we need.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Donald Trump, speaking aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford on Thursday (March 2), said the military requires sustained stable funding to rebuild. Trump is seeking what he called a "historic" increase in defense spending, but ran into immediate opposition from Republicans in Congress who must approve his plan and said it was not enough to meet the military's needs. The proposed rise in the Pentagon budget to $603 billion comes as the United States has wound down major wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and remains the world's strongest military power. Trump also said, "I just spoke with Navy and industry leaders and have discussed my plans to undertake a major expansion of our entire Navy fleet, including having the 12-carrier Navy we need."