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Trump praises US military buildup but vows overseas troop cuts in State of the Union address | Defense News
Source: By Shealah Craighead - 2019 State of the Union, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=76391573

Trump praises US military buildup but vows overseas troop cuts in State of the Union address | Defense News

On Tuesday night’s State of the Union speech, President Trump praised the matchless U.S. military and vowed to use it to pursue terrorists worldwide, as well as vowed to end America’s wars in the Middle East. While on several occasions there were rounds of applause from GOP and silence from Democrats, one of the few points of agreement were on military issues, where lawmakers of both parties applauded. $2.2 trillion has been invested in the U.S. military. President Trump said, “We have purchased the finest planes, missiles, rockets, ships and every other form of military equipment–all made in the United States of America.”

President Trump continues to promise that he is working to “end America’s wars in the Middle East” in the near future. 13,000 troops are currently deployed to Afghanistan; 5,200 to Iraq; and 3,000 Saudi Arabia. According to Defense Secretary Mark Esper, troops in Afghanistan could be drawn down to 8,600 regardless of a deal with the Taliban. But more recently, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that in order for progress with the peace talks, the Taliban must give “demonstrable evidence of their will and capacity to reduce violence.”

Source: https://www.defensenews.com/congress/2020/02/05/trump-praises-us-military-build-up