Trump com­plains about cost of ‘un­con­trol­lable’ arms race

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WASH­ING­TON>> Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump com­plained Mon­day about how much the U.S. spends on weapons in an “un­con­trol­lable” arms race with Rus­sia and China, though he vastly over­stated how much is spent on ac­tual weapons, even un­der a budget his ad­min­is­tra­tion has in­creased.

The pres­i­dent said in a tweet that the U.S. has spent $716 bil­lion this year, an amount he called “Crazy!” He said he ex­pects to dis­cuss the is­sue with Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin.

His state­ment ap­peared to con­fuse the to­tal De­fense Depart­ment budget with Amer­ica’s in­vest­ment in the na­tion’s mis­sile de­fense sys­tems.

The Pen­tagon’s budget for 2019 to­tals about $716 bil­lion, but that in­cludes health care and the costs of wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. The arms race is just a frac­tion of that amount, about $10 bil­lion this year.

Un­til re­cently, the pres­i­dent has bragged about his in­crease in mil­i­tary spend­ing.

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