Donald Trump announced a major budget boost to the US military amid ISIS fears
Trump described the US military as “the greatest force for justice and peace and goodness that have ever walked the face of this earth” during his first visit to the Pentagon as President.
He added: “Your legacy exists everywhere in the world today where people are more free, more prosperous, and more secure because of the United States of America.”
James Mattis was appointed secretary of defence at the conference at the Pentagon
The order includes plans for an immediate, short-term budget increase for the US military following pledges from the former property tycoon since his election victory in November.
The President also said Congress would be “very happy” to see the budget request being prepared.
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Trump speaks briefly to reporters as he arrives aboard Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews
I don’t know Putin, but if we can get along with Russia that’s a great thing
He said: “As we prepare our budget request for Congress, and I think Congress is going to be very happy to see it, our military strength will be questioned by no one, but neither will our dedication to peace.
“We do want peace.”
The President also used the order to hand over control of defence planning to new Defence Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis.
The action comes as a boost to the US in its fight against barbaric terror group ISIS.
Trump signalled he may be willing to work with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on military operations to crush jihadis in Iraq and Syria, which the President described as “an evil that has to be stopped”.
The move will look to eradicate death cult ISIS from Iraq and Syria
He said: “I don’t know Putin, but if we can get along with Russia that’s a great thing, it’s good for Russia, it’s good for us, we go out together and knock the hell out of ISIS, because that’s a real sickness.
“How the relationship works out, I won't be able to tell you that.
“I’ve had many times where I thought I'd get along with people, and I don't like them at all.
“And I've had some where I didn't think I was going to have much of a relationship, and it turned out to be a great relationship.
But the US may face a fresh threat from crazed dictator Kim Jong-un after the North Korean leader announced he will bring “misery” to the country if Trump continues to “provoke war”.