On Friday following Secretary Jim Mattis’ official swearing in ceremony at the Pentagon, President Donald Trump signed two executive orders: one announcing new vetting measures meant to “keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the U.S.” and a second which plans to rebuild the U.S. Armed Forces.
“We don’t want ’em here,” President Trump said of radical Islamic Terrorists. The precise details of the order were not immediately available on Friday.
A three-page document of the draft order pertaining to the military, obtained by the Washington Post, calls for that Secretary Jim Mattis to carry out a 30 day “readiness review” to assess what the nation’s military needs in order to continue the war on the Islamic State and “other forms of Islamic Terror,” training, maintenance, ammunition, and infrastructure. The draft also states that the U.S. will be reviewing how to carry out operations against “near-peer competitors” which likely means China and Russia.
The draft also calls for a second review in which the Pentagon and the Office and Management and Budget would join forces to create a “military readiness emergency budget amendment” to boost this year’s military spending. On top of that, Secretary Mattis is required with revising the Pentagon’s current proposed 2018 spending budget within the next 90 days.