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Trump calls for more defence funding, nuclear force modernisation

30 January 2018

US President Donald Trump, in his first State of the Union address on 30 January, called for more defence funding and nuclear weapons modernisation, but Congress is still mired in the same budget impasse it has struggled with for five years.

Echoing his National Security Strategy and the National Defense Strategy, Trump noted that the country faces “rogue regimes, terrorist groups, and rivals like China and Russia that challenge our interests”.

To help meet those challenges, Trump said he is “asking Congress to end the dangerous defence sequester and fully fund our great military”. Trump is likely referring to the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA), which caps defence and non-defence funding at specific levels through 2021.

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