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House Speaker Ryan defends military budget increases
In an exclusive interview with Paul Ryan, the national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin says, why he support of a Pentagon budget of $700 billion.
With another possible government shutdown looming, the speaker of the house wants to ensure that the U.S. military is not shortchanged after several deadly crashes in the past week killed nine American soldiers, the Wisconsin Republicans put the blame on years of budget cuts.
“We lost two F-18 pilots off the coast of Florida. We lost seven of our troops in a helicopter crash in Western Iraq,” said Rep. Paul Ryan in an exclusive interview with Fox News in his office on Capitol Hill.
Between the two fatal crashes at the end of last week, a huge Air Force C-5 cargo aircraft, the launch slipped to the bottom and the runway fails to work in Texas after his nose gear. The Air Force grounded its entire fleet of C-5 in the last summer due to a similar problem.
Ryan says the U.S. military has been “hollowed out” in the past eight years, and the budget agreement currently on the table “Updates”.
Ryan feared that if the 1.3 trillion-Dollar “omnibus” spending is not passed on account of the military, the problems are only getting worse from Friday and defense spending is not increased.
“If I were speaker, I got access to all the classified briefings that a President comes to see what is exactly our military experience,” Ryan said when asked how he was dollars to a defense-hawk, after years of focusing on the nation’s growing debt, which currently stands at $21 trillion.
“I was absolutely convinced that we have done a disservice to our men and women in the military with the budget you have,” he added.
Ryan climbed the rungs of power on Capitol Hill by focusing on the reduction of government expenditure. But to fix, the military, the top Republican in the house, says the additional spending is sorely needed.
“The [defense] budget is now said to be almost 20 percent lower, which began today for the military, as it was, than Obama,” Ryan.
Republicans and Democrats agreed to the Budget Control Act ” or “seizure” in the year 2011, which limits defense spending to $568 billion per year.
The Pentagon budget is planned to be $700 billion for the current fiscal year.
In 2010, then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff allowed Mike Mullen, warned the biggest threat to the national security of the state debt.
“He is exactly right,” said Ryan. “But the defense budget is not the problem. Discretionary spending is not the problem. It grows the economy and is always the claim of the reform.”
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Ryan snorted at the critics who say that the trump management can reduce taxes and increase defense spending.
“You are wrong,” said Ryan. “We need a tax reform that can grow to keep up with us.”
The top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., he said the large increase in the defence is concerned, the expenditure is not permanent and needs to plan the Congress.
“What I’m really concerned about is not the amount of money, but how we spend it,” Smith told Fox News. “You decide you want a 355-ship of the Navy, so that you can begin the construction of the ships, but you don’t have the money to finish it. We need a long-term planning is based on realistic numbers.”
Ryan is confident that the money will be spent properly.
“That is what this appropriations bill, to make sure that you use it, for the willingness to ensure that you make use of for the training.”
Ryan took the size of the U.S. military is at a historic low.
“You think the world is always safe? No, the world is becoming more dangerous,” he said.
In November, the head of the naval aviation said, only half of the Navy’s Hornet 542 F-18 Super-jets flying now.
It is even worse for the Marine Corps, where about 70 percent of its fleet of older model F-18 Hornets can’t fly, force, mechanics, the comic strip museum aircraft for parts.
In the Air Force, only half of the bomber fleet of B-1 and B-2 bombers can fly, forcing the plane to scrounge for spare parts in a remote lonely old iron, known as “The Boneyard.” The Secretary of the Air Force, told reporters at the end of last year, she was nearly 2,000 pilots force short, ask for the service to come back the retired pilots.
In the extensive interview, Ryan also takes place touches on a number of other topics, including Russia, special counsel Robert Müller and the gun, which takes place a debate in Congress, with another rampage, in Maryland on Tuesday.
Ryan said he had “assurances” from the trump administration, Müller would not be fired, and the matter is not “even a consideration.” If you press and hold, who gave him these assurances, Ryan replied: “I would like to keep private communication private.”
Asked whether Romney/Ryan administration’s victory would have been rich in the 2012 election tougher on Russia: “Certainly,” replied Ryan, “The Obama administration’s sanctions reduced and gave away missile defense to Russia. The Trump administration has high penalties screwed.
“I think we should more said,” the house speaker.
If you are asked how much more, Ryan said, “I ratchet up sanctions against Putin. I would ratchet up sanctions against his cronies.”
When you are asked what is the biggest problem with gun violence now, Ryan replied: “I see the biggest problem is that people who should not get weapons are always weapons, so I think what we want to do is focus on making sure that we have the tools, the resources and the technology to ensure that people who should not get weapons.”
Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report.
Jennifer Griffin currently serves as a national security correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC) and is the headquarters of the Washington DC bureau. She joined the network in October 1999 as a Jerusalem-based correspondent. You can follow her on Twitter at @JenGriffinFNC.