Congressman Mac Thornberry met with President Donald Trump this week to push against cuts to U.S. defense spending, according to reports out of Washington.
The Washington Post reported Thornberry, Defense Secretary James Mattis and Oklahoma Senator James M. Inhofe met with President Trump this week to urge against cuts to federal defense spending. The meeting comes as the Office of Management and Budget is pushing all federal departments to shave 5 percent off of their respective budgets. Mattis and the legislators, according to reports, met with Trump to request the Pentagon be exempt from the cuts. If the cuts were to take place, it is estimated the Pentagon’s budget would fall to roughly $700 billion.
Thornberry has been pushing against the possible cuts since last week. The Clarendon Republican and Inhofe wrote an opinion column for the Wall Street Journal last week, arguing against the cuts.