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    Trump: New US Budget Must Eliminate Defense Sequester Process

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    US President Donald Trump is sending Congress a budget that will eliminate the defense sequester and boost national defense spending, according to Trump’s prepared remarks released by the White House.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – On Tuesday, Trump delivered his first adress as the president of the United States.

    “I am sending Congress a budget that rebuilds the military, eliminates the defense sequester, and calls for one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history,” Trump said in prepared remarks ahead of his address to Congress on Tuesday night.

    Trump ruled out any move towards isolationism or retreat from US commitments around the world.

    “Our foreign policy calls for a direct, robust and meaningful engagement with the world. It is American leadership based on vital security interests that we share with our allies across the globe,” he said.

    The US president also pledged to maintain full US involvement in and support for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

    “We strongly support NATO, an alliance forged through the bonds of two World Wars that dethroned fascism, and a Cold War that defeated communism.  But our partners must meet their financial obligations. And now, based on our very strong and frank discussions, they are beginning to do just that,” he said.

    Trump said his administration expected its allies in NATO, the Middle East and the Pacific to take a direct and meaningful role in both strategic and military operations, and pay their fair share of the cost.


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      My disgust for Sputnik CIA writers grows. My admiration of Trump's courage regarding the formidable task he has accepted also grows. Despite what Sputnik tries to present here, there has been no betrayal and Trump is doing exactly what he said he would do. He has to proceed carefully because he is combating a shadow government that worships evil. If trump was the neocon that Sputnik claims, there wouldn't still be so much media hatred of Trump. They would love trump if Trump had really decided to embrace neocons.
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      And as soon as it is strategically feasible, Putin will sweep the trash from Sputnik and chase out the CIA moles so Sputnik will be more about truth and less about the establishment agenda Trump and LePen and Putin and others are against.
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      This part is worrisome.
      EXCELLENT man to create opportunity , but military is SPECIAL INTEREST!!

      This and the LEADERSHIP he want to apply, will increase coups, regime changes and atrocities in the future.

      For ME, U.S should keep 4 full carrier groups!!

      As soon as one needs refit etc, scrape it. The crew, gets to move to other boats . And those who don't can get moved to training and even get jobs at private industry . So they don't be unemployed.

      The unfreeze cash, then can be used to make a better military and maybe help pay the debt.
      Same with 40% of vases abroad.

      In all U.S wants GRANDNESS, and specially world LEADERSHIP. In Other words, everyone MUST obey.
      This means resources be extract , process , sold by whomever U.S ORDER.
      Meanwhile in Russia. We ready to talk the new salt!!!! We ready to talk and talk and talk.

      Instead of create new alliances . Expand leadership. No need for regime changes etc.

      Russia could reduce taxes!!! For personal tax payers and for corporations. 14% would be GREAT. BUT for that to happen, Russia MUST invest in Russia.
      Russia could begin by granting 14% for performance gifts.
      ANY corporation exceeding sales etc and other performance goals , would get it to expand and invest in Russia!!
      Kremlin should then create a team that will work with other associations etc for this end. Using past performance data.
      They CAN get 14%. This near bankruptcy but a study, shows is some forces or something that could be solved. Could get that.
      Those healthy MUST invest not necessarily in same business. Say candy factory needs SUGAR!!
      So they can invest in agriculture to procure Russian sugar from canes.
      And so ON.. Also they MUST invest in performance pay for the workers. All get a big bonus. Create a Russian Walmart, A Russian GOOGLE, don't let other RULE Russia
      EVER and create alliances.
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      cast235in reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, What SPUTNIK CIA SAID? You a FAKE NEWS MASTER .. At comments section. WOW.
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      cast235in reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      In this I agreeing partially. SPUTNIK is NOT as it was. And could be way , milestones BETTER.
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      jas the budget is the bottom line to any foreign policy substantially reducing military budget generally relates to a milder foreign policy and vice versa.
      You are saying that Trump is giving the neocons and elitists everything they want till he has them in his pocket then we will see the real Don! boy o boy your optimism is spell binding.
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      jasin reply tocast235(Show commentHide comment)
      cast235, It is complicated, but western intel agencies use the media, why should we think it does not? I don't say Putin is doing it. I say that the West plants people in Russian-based media as part of an information war and because Russia is not a authoritarian state like in the West. So Russia's intuitions may be vulnerable. Putin actually believes in allowing a free media, but often has trouble from that.

      Putin struggles with subversive media and the west is still trying to overthrow Putin. The Sputnik English page is controlled mostly by English "journalists," meaning westerners in UK or US.

      We ahve several examples of western plants at Sputnik or RT, Abby Martin (quit over Crimea), Sara Firth (quit over MH17), Liz Wahl .

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