Trump’s Latest Executive Order Suggests He Wants To Strengthen Our Military

President Donald Trump has been promising budget cuts since he started his bid for the White House, there is one area in which he doesn't plan to skimp. The president is now directing the Pentagon to increase military forces through a newly signed executive order. The order was supposed to include spending cuts, but that part didn’t make the final draft.

President Trump met with the Pentagon on Friday with Joint Chiefs of Staff to swear in retired Marine Corps General Jim Mattis as Secretary of Defense. Mattis previously commanded the U.S. Joint Forces Command, and was appointed by former President Obama to replace General Petraeus in 2010. After a grueling review by Congress, Mattis was approved as President Trump's pick as Defense Secretary.

After the swearing-in ceremony, the president wielded his pen and signed a new slew of executive actions. Upon taking his position, Mattis was be presented with an order by the Commander-in-Chief to conduct a broad review of military readiness. The review is expected to pay particular attention to the fight against Islamic terrorism. Mattis is expected to have the report ready for the president in 30 days.

Within 60 days, Mattis is expected to submit a plan to improve military readiness by 2019. The broad scope of the report will take into account maintenance backlogs, training time and manpower shortages.

The order called for modernizing and enhancing missiles and nuclear weapons, and the building of new and more modern ships and planes. The Department of Defense will also be looking into cyber warfare, and strengthening cyber security. Former President Obama's order to decrease the size of the military has already been reversed. The Army has already been boosting ranks, and President Trump has called for the Navy to be built up.

In a draft of the executive order, the Pentagon was supposed to suggest to the president programs that could be cut. That part of the order didn't make it into the final draft signed by President Trump.

Source: USA Today
Photo: James Mattis/Flickr

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