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Will rebuild ‘badly-depleted’ US military, take care of veterans, says Trump

US President-elect Donald Trump has said that the administration under him would rebuild the “badly-depleted” military and take care of veterans as he vowed to defeat the ISIS terror group “quickly”.

world Updated: Dec 16, 2016 23:20 IST
TOPSHOT - President-elect Donald Trump speaks at the USA Thank You Tour 2016 at the Giant Center on December 15, 2016 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. / AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT
TOPSHOT - President-elect Donald Trump speaks at the USA Thank You Tour 2016 at the Giant Center on December 15, 2016 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. / AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT(AFP)

US President-elect Donald Trump has said that the administration under him would rebuild the “badly-depleted” military and take care of veterans as he vowed to defeat the ISIS terror group “quickly”.

“As part of our commitment to those who serve, we are going to rebuild our badly-depleted military and we are going to finally take care of our veterans. We are going to take care of them, believe me. Our defence policy can be summed up in three very important words: peace through strength,” Trump told thousands of his supporters at Hershey in Pennsylvania, the key battleground state that earned him his presidency.

“And we are going to get the military going, folks. And we are going to negotiate tougher deals. Do we agree?,” he asked the applauding audience which responded with a cheering yes.

“Where we get more equipment for less money. For instance, you saw the other day about an airplane. Now, I have a nice airplane, but this plane is going to cost USD 4.2 billion, Air Force One. I do not want a plane to fly around in that costs USD 4.2 billion. And I did not order it, please remember this.

“But we are going to work with Boeing, we are going to cut the price way down. And how about the F-35 fighter? It is a disaster, it is totally out of control. So we are going to get more equipment for our military and we are going to get better equipment for our military, at a smaller price. Does that make sense? OK?,” Trump said.

He said his administration is not going to spend time in building new nations.

“We are also going to stop trying to build new nations in far-off lands, many areas you have never even heard of these places. OK? We are going to stop. We are going to be so strong, we are going to be so respected, we are going to be so powerful.

“We are not respected now. And believe me, it is going to turn. And we are going to have this great, incredible, powerful military. But you know what? I do not think we are ever going to have to use it and that would be very, very nice. It is America first, be very, very nice,” Trump said.

“Instead, my administration will focus squarely on the vital national security interests of the US. And that means crushing ISIS and defeating radical Islamic terrorism. We are going to defeat it, quickly,” he said, adding that to be a strong nation, one must also be a wealthy or a rich nation.