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Report: Trump Seeking over $54 Billion Increase in Military Spending

A White House official told The New York Times that President Donald Trump will ask for an increase of $54 billion in military spending in the next federal budget – an increase of 10 percent, but far from what some experts say is needed to rebuild the military, which Trump has vowed to do.

Defense Secretary-designate James Mattis listens to questions from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., about his views on women and gays serving in the military, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Mattis Urges Trump to Exempt Iraqis Aiding U.S. Military from Executive Order

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers have sent a letter urging President Donald Trump to honor a request by Secretary of Defense James Mattis to exempt Iraqis who served as “interpreters, aides and other allies who risked their lives alongside U.S. personnel in Iraq” from the recent national security executive order.