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Trump Pentagon Budget Adds Ship, No Planes, to Obama Plan, Officials Say

  • $603 billion plan would add a destroyer, Tomahawks: officials
  • Officials say F-35s, Super Hornets wouldn’t increase from plan
A Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 performs at the Farnborough International Airshow in the U.K. on July 12, 2016.

President Donald Trump is expected to propose a $603 billion defense budget for the year beginning Oct. 1 that would add one warship but no more F-35 and Super Hornet jets than the Obama administration had projected, according to officials.

The proposal sticks with President Barack Obama’s plan to request 70 of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35’s and 14 of Boeing Co.’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, said the officials, who discussed the budget proposal due to be sent to Congress on May 23. The officials asked not to be identified discussing the defense budget before it’s made public and cautioned that some details may still change.