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On Thursday, President Trump released a preliminary budget which asks Congress to approve 52 billion dollars in spending increases for the United States military forces. In the face of this, a Washington Post news leak stated that the Pentagon hid a report that calls for a cut in spending to the Department of Defense.
The report states that there are more than 152 billion dollars of wasteful spending at the DoD, making Trump’s budget proposal an easy task to bash in the eyes of the mainstream media. Internal auditors slipped out notifications to the media that it would be within the best interest of the United States government to manage its fiscal matters.
Economists fear that, with such great spending, the Trump Administration could be heading for a fiscal cliff, where government shutdowns could become a cause for concern. Other economic analysts think that the boost in spending will accompany private manufacturing success and boost job growth. On the other hand, military analysts say that with Trump vamping up the armed forces, there could be a U.S. Act of aggression on the horizon. With North Korea’s latest missile tests, this seems to be a legitimate possibility.
However, the political pressures of the left have exposed the Trump Administration’s so-called “failure” to the news media. Reports indicate that top lawmakers and DoD officials don’t want internal auditors to visit the department in the future, citing bureaucratic pressures to keep sensitive information on tap.
The director of the Audit Pentagon Coalition says that over the last two decades, the Pentagon and its officials have broken all its promises. In the eyes of the coalition, Pentagon official cannot be trusted. Meanwhile, says DeGenarro (APC Director), the Pentagon has received more funding than any other U.S. Government institution.
Legislation from the 1990’s demands internal audits for government agencies, but somehow, the Pentagon has overcome this limitation, by saying that internal audits are too costly and that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is no longer able to do full audits based on monetary and time constraints.
As news reports about such wrongdoings leak out to the public, prominent political voices poured out their support for a full audit of the Defense Department. From Bernie Sanders to Ted Cruz, politicians are asking for a reasonable audit of the DoD before Trump’s newest budget passes through Congress. A full audit would have to take place before the summer sessions Congress holds to place a new budget on the table.