President Trump reportedly approves $750BN defense budget after telling departments to cut spending

A week after calling a $716 billion defense budget “crazy,” President Trump is reportedly posed to approve one almost 5% higher.

The President gave the go-ahead to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to submit a $750 billion budget proposal for fiscal year 2020, Politico reported Sunday, a stark reversal from plans to cut spending.

“It’s 750. Secretary Mattis secured that over lunch with the President,” an administration official told the outlet. “That’s the top line.”

In October, Trump floated a $700 billion defense budget, which was in line with government-wide belt-tightening, and ordered all department heads to slash their budgets by 5% for 2020.

Instead, Mattis appears to be getting a raise.

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WEST POINT, NY - JUNE 27: New cadets march in a courtyard on campus during Reception Day at the United States Military Academy at West Point, June 27, 2016 in West Point, New York. Reception Day is the day when new cadets report to West Point to begin the process of becoming West Point cadets and future U.S. Army officers. Upwards of 1,300 cadet candidates for the class of 2020 will report to West Point on Monday. The new cadets will begin six weeks of basic training before Acceptance Day in early August. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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WEST POINT, NY - JUNE 27: New cadets take the Oath of Allegiance during Reception Day at the United States Military Academy at West Point, June 27, 2016 in West Point, New York. Reception Day is the day when new cadets report to West Point to begin the process of becoming West Point cadets and future U.S. Army officers. Upwards of 1,300 cadet candidates for the class of 2020 will report to West Point on Monday. The new cadets will begin six weeks of basic training before Acceptance Day in early August. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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WEST POINT, NY - JUNE 27: New cadets stand in formation during the Oath of Allegiance ceremony during Reception Day at the United States Military Academy at West Point, June 27, 2016 in West Point, New York. Reception Day is the day when new cadets report to West Point to begin the process of becoming West Point cadets and future U.S. Army officers. Upwards of 1,300 cadet candidates for the class of 2020 will report to West Point on Monday. The new cadets will begin six weeks of basic training before Acceptance Day in early August. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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WEST POINT, NY - MAY 25: 2013 graduating cadets toss their hats after graduation at the United States Military Academy at West Point (USMA) during the 215 commencement ceremony May 25, 2013 in West Point, New York. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel delivered the commencement speech for the class of 2013. Most USMA graduates are commissioned as second lieutenants in the US Army. (Photo by Ramin Talaie/Getty Images)
WEST POINT, NY - MAY 25: 2013 graduating cadets celebrate after graduation at the United States Military Academy at West Point (USMA) during the 215 commencement ceremony May 25, 2013 in West Point, New York. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel delivered the commencement speech for the class of 2013. Most USMA graduates are commissioned as second lieutenants in the US Army. (Photo by Ramin Talaie/Getty Images)
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Members of the graduating class listen to proceedings during commencement ceremony at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, May 28, 2014. U.S. President Barack Obama's commencement address was the first in a series of speeches that he and top advisers will use to explain U.S. foreign policy in the aftermath of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and lay out a broad vision for the rest of his presidency. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)
Underclassmen listen from the back of the stadium as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a commencement ceremony at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, May 28, 2014. Obama's commencement address here is the first in a series of speeches that he and top advisers will use to explain U.S. foreign policy in the aftermath of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and lay out a broad vision for the rest of his presidency. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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The $750 billion figure covers “all national defense spending, including the Pentagon and Department of Energy funding for the nuclear arsenal,” according to Politico.

Last week, in the context of meetings between he, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump seemed to imply that Mattis’ spending was out of control.

“I am certain that, at some time in the future, President Xi and I, together with President Putin of Russia, will start talking about a meaningful halt to what has become a major and uncontrollable Arms Race,” Trump tweeted last week. “The U.S. spent 716 Billion Dollars this year. Crazy!”

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