Trump complains about cost of ‘uncontrollable’ arms race
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.