President Donald Trump’s commitment to the United States Military was a campaign staple, and he’s making good on his promises to rebuild the fighting forces that were significantly downsized during the Obama administration.
The United States military is as small as it has been since the late 1930s. While our technological sophistication has increased the effectiveness of our forces, the reductions have many anxious. In the wake of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, many of the most seasoned troops found themselves discharged.
Now, with retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis as the 26th secretary of defense, Trump has made positive steps to rebuild.
“Thank you very much for your confidence in me and welcome to the headquarters of your military — your always loyal military — where America’s awesome determination to defend herself is on full display,” Secretary Mattis said after being sworn in.
“You’ve made clear Mr. President your commitment to a strong national defense,” he added.
“Secretary Mattis has devoted his life to serving his country. He is a man of honor a man of devotion and a man a total action. He likes action,” said President Trump.
Yet Trump’s commitment to keeping America safe extends well beyond this one appointment.
“I’m signing an executive action to begin a great rebuilding of the armed services of the United States, developing a plan for new planes, new ships, new resources and new tools for our men and women in uniform,” Trump said after Mattis was sworn in. “I’m very proud to be doing that.”
“Our military strength will be questioned by no one, but neither will our dedication to peace,” he noted. “We do want peace.”
Along with the commitment to increasing troop numbers, President Trump has indicated a desire to reequip the armed forces.
“We pledge our dedication to every single family serving our country and our flag,” Trump said. “That is why today I am signing two executive actions to ensure the sacrifices of our military are supported by the actions of our government.”
The first focused on rebuilding the military. The second had more to do with keeping terrorists out of the country. Trump’s selective ban on immigration implements “new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America.”
“We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas,” he explained. “We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people. We will never forget the lessons of 9/11.”