Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump seek to position themselves as best prepared to be the nation’s commander in chief, appearing back-to-back at a televised national security forum. The forum starts at 7pm CST. You can also watch LIVE video from NBC here.
Donald Trump is proposing increasing military spending and personnel. The Republican presidential nominee will lay out his plans in a speech in Philadelphia. His campaign says they include asking Congress to fully eliminate the defense sequester that has reduced the military budget.
He’ll say he wants an active Army of around 540,000, a Marine Corps based on 36 battalions, a Navy approaching 350 ships and submarines, and an Air Force of at least 1,200 fighter planes.
Trump will also discuss plans to develop a new missile defense system.
And he wants all federal departments to conduct a review of America’s vulnerabilities when it comes to cyber defenses, the power grid, communications systems and other infrastructure.
HillaryClinton is rolling out a list of endorsements from retired generals and admirals that trumps Donald Trump’s list. The announcement came as the two candidates prepared for a national security forum on Wednesday night. Clinton’s campaign announced that she now has 95 retired generals and admirals backing her candidacy. That’s more than the list of 88 retired military leaders that Trump’s campaign announced on Tuesday.
Among Clinton’s new supporters is retired General Lloyd Newton who served in the Air Force. He said in a statement that Clinton is the “only candidate that has the experience, temperament, critical thinking and level-headed leadership to keep America safe.”
Clinton and Trump will both appear at a “commander in chief” forum on NBC on Wednesday night. A debate is scheduled for later this month.