Donald Trump signs executive order to initiate rebuilding of US military
"Our military strength will be questioned by no one, but neither will our dedication to peace. We do want peace," Trump said
Saying that the military strength of US will be questioned by no one, President Donald Trump on Friday signed an order to begin what he called a "great rebuilding" of the US armed services.
Promising new aircraft, naval ships and more resources for the military, Trump said: "Our military strength will be questioned by no one, but neither will our dedication to peace. We do want peace."
During a ceremony at the Pentagon, Trump predicted that Congress, which sets the expenditures for the government, will "be very happy to see" the White House's new spending request for the military.
Trump had also made clear during last year's presidential campaign and in recent weeks that he wants to enlarge the ranks of the military services and expand its fleets of aircraft and ships.
Trump also signed an executive order that suspends the admittance of Syrian refugees into the U.S. and potentially from other countries, taking action on a pledge made on the campaign trail for "extreme vetting" for some seeking to come into the country.
Signing the order, Trump pledged to "keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America." Trump also signed a second order aimed at "rebuilding the U.S. Armed Forces."
"We are not admitting into the country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas," Trump said during the swearing in ceremony for Defense Secretary James Mattis at the Pentagon. "We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people."