President Donald Trump told sailors and shipboard workers aboard the yet-to-be commissioned aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford that he would rebuild the U.S. Navy and give the service the all the resources it needs to fight and win — to include more aircraft carriers.
“I just spoke with Navy and industry leaders and have discussed my plan to undertake a major expansion of our entire Navy fleet, including having the 12-carrier Navy we need,” Trump said Thursday to cheers from sailors and shipyard workers in attendance.
Currently, the Navy has 10 aircraft carriers.
“After years of budget cuts that have impaired our defense, I am calling for one of the largest defense spending increases in history. And by eliminating the sequester and the uncertainty it creates, we will make it easier for the Navy to plan for the future,” Trump said, referring to the budget caps that Congress has imposed on the Pentagon for the past five years.
Trump arrived on the ship on Marine 1, the shiny Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King helicopter. Trump’s helicopter was preceded on the flight deck by three MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.
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President Donald Trump says he ‘‘wasn’t aware’’ that his attorney general —former Sen. Jeff Sessions — had contact with the Russian ambassador during last year’s White House campaign.
Trump made the comment in Newport News, Virginia, before giving a speech aboard the USS Gerald Ford.
Sessions spoke twice with Russia’s ambassador to the United States during the campaign. Those conversations appear to contradict Sessions’ testimony to Congress during his confirmation hearings.
Democrats are demanding that Sessions resign over the contact, while Democratic leaders and some Republicans say Sessions should step aside from a federal investigation into Russian interference in the election.
Earlier on Thursday, Trump said he has “total” confidence in Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Trump made the comment in Newport News Thursday. Asked if Sessions should recuse himself, he said ‘‘I don’t think so.’’
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10:30 a.m.: President Donald Trump receives his daily intelligence briefing in the Oval Ofice.
11:40 a.m.: Trump leaves the White House en route to Newport News to visit the USS Gerald Ford aircraft carrier.
1:05 p.m.: Trump participates in an operations briefing aboard the USS Gerald Ford, followed by a leadership meeting and a tour.
2:30 p.m.: Trump delivers remarks aboard the USS Gerald Ford.
3:55 p.m.: Trump departs Langley Air Force Base.
4:50 p.m.: Trump returns to the White House.