Rumor vs Reality

Rumor: Trump claims he completely rebuilt the military. Reality: The military and military spending have barely changed in the last 4 years.

Published September 19, 2020

Trump slightly increased military spending in his first term ($2.7 trillion). Overall, it’s still slightly less than Obama’s first term ($2.8 trillion). The figure Trump cites is the total defense budget, over four years. It includes normal spending to maintain our troops, supplies, bases, etc. The weapons our troops fight with haven’t changed while Trump’s been in office. The military has also suffered from a loss of allies and morale during this administration. Trump has insulted veterans and military commanders, pardoned a soldier on trial for a war crime and weakened NATO ties.

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