(Press Release, December 31, 2019)

President Donald J. Trump (White House Official Photo by Shealah Craighead)

REBUILDING OUR NATION’S DEFENSE: President Trump is investing in our military and ensuring our forces are able to defend against any and all threats.

President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year (FY) 2020, authorizing a historic $738 billion in defense spending.

  • President Trump continued to invest in rebuilding our military, after signing legislation to provide for $700 billion in defense spending in FY18 and $716 billion in FY19.

President Trump signed a 3.1% pay raise for our troops, the largest increase in a decade.

The President signed legislation establishing the Space Force as a new branch of the Armed Forces, the first new branch since 1947.

The United States Space Command was relaunched in August 2019.

The President is modernizing and recapitalizing our nuclear forces and missile defenses to ensure they continue to serve as a strong deterrent.

The President upgraded our cyber defenses by elevating the Cyber Command into a major warfighting command and reducing burdensome procedural restrictions on cyber operations.

President Trump is protecting America’s defense-industrial base, directing the first whole-of-government assessment of our manufacturing and defense supply chains since the 1950s.

Under the President’s leadership, the United States is taking the fight to terrorists all around the globe.

  • ISIS’ territorial caliphate has been defeated and all territory recaptured in Iraq and Syria.
  • The United States has brought Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the founder of ISIS, to justice.

The President has taken decisive military action to punish the Assad regime in Syria for the barbaric use of chemical weapons on its own people.

  • The President also authorized sanctions against those tied to Syria’s chemical weapons program.


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