President Trump on Friday signed a six-month omnibus spending bill, averting a government shutdown. The $1 trillion bill will keep the government open through September. The bill was approved by the Senate on May 4, with the House approving it May 3. The bill gives the Pentagon a funding jump of $12.5 billion, with another $2.5 billion expected once the White House releases a new plan to defeat ISIS.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.