U.S. President Donald Trump’s 2020 defense budget proposal allocates $300 million to fund the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)’s Syrian front, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), under the guise of fighting Daesh, signaling Washington’s ongoing support for terrorists in Syria despite Trump’s decision to pull out all U.S. troops from the war-torn country.
The Pentagon is asking for $718 billion dollars in its budget for the fiscal year 2020, a five percent increase over the approved budget for 2019.
While the White House released the general points of the defense budget on Monday, the Pentagon released the full budget on Tuesday.
Last December, Trump abruptly announced plans to withdraw all 2,000 American troops from the war-weary country, saying the U.S.-led coalition had succeeded in militarily defeating the Daesh terrorist group.
The $718 billion budget is comprised of a base budget of $544 billion, with an additional $164 billion dedicated to overseas contingency operations.
The Department of Defense also requested $14 billion dollars for a space force, of which $72 million will be used toward the building of a headquarters for the new military branch.
U.S. President Donald Trump first announced plans last year to create a space force, which would become the sixth branch of the armed forces.
It would be the first new military branch in 72 years.
The Pentagon also asked for $13.6 billion toward the development of missile defense capabilities as China and Russia race to create new hypersonic weapons.