The Heat: President Trump’s defense budget

The Heat

President Trump traveled to a U.S. Army base on Monday to formally approve next year’s $716 billion defense budget.

In addition to funding the Pentagon and more military personnel, there’s money for new equipment – everything from tanks and fighter jets, to submarines, warships, missile defense and the nuclear weapons program.

But the legislation also seeks to counter a range of Chinese government policies.

To discuss:

  • Vladimir Golstein is a professor of Slavic Studies at Brown University.
  • Michael Johns is a former speechwriter for U.S. President George H. W. Bush and a co-founder of the National Tea Party Movement.
  • Qinduo Xu is a senior fellow with the Pangoal Institution – a policy center in Beijing.
  • Simon Marks is the president and chief correspondent for Feature Story News.

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