White House requests $4B for missile defense to counter North Korea

Defense hawks in Congress have long sought more missile defense funding

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The White House is requesting another $4 billion for missile defense in the face of growing threats from North Korea.

“This request supports additional efforts to detect, defeat, and defend against any North Korean use of ballistic missiles against the United States, its deployed forces, allies or partners,” President Trump wrote in a letter to Congress on Monday.

The supplemental budget request sent to Congress Monday also asks for $1.2 billion more for the administration’s new Afghanistan strategy and almost $700 million to repair two Navy ships badly damaged in fatal collisions this summer.

It also reiterates the president’s desire for Congress to pass $1.6 billion in funding for a wall on the border with Mexico.

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