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Inhofe ‘urging’ Trump to boost defense, sees ‘no strategic rationale’ for cuts


WASHINGTON — Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe said he used a recent White House meeting with President Donald Trump, Vice Mike President Pence and national security adviser John Bolton to urge the administration to drop plans for $700 billion national defense budget.

“I’m urging the president to consider” approving a “strategy-driven budget,” he said Thursday in a speech at the National Defense University focused on his priorities for the committee. He added that there’s, “no strategic rationale for any cut” to the defense budget, which stood at $716 billion for 2019.

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