Mattis and GOP defense chairmen go to Trump for budget boost

By Tony Bertuca / December 5, 2018 at 2:10 PM
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis accompanied Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and House counterpart Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) to the White House this week to convince President Trump the new defense budget must be at least $733 billion, rather than the $700 billion being floated by the Office of Management and Budget, according to officials with knowledge of the meeting. Inhofe told Inside Defense he had a "frank and productive conversation" with Trump. "I am confident from the...

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