President Donald Trump told a group of governors at the White House on Feb. 27 that the U.S. doesn't win wars or even fight to win wars (video below).
Trump said that he was going to include an increase in defense spending in his upcoming budget to "rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America," notes Mediaite.com:
We must ensure that our courageous servicemen and women have the tools they need to deter war, and when called upon to fight in our name, only do one thing, win. We have to win. We have to start winning wars again.
I have to say, when I was young, in high school and college, everybody used to say we never lost a war. We never lost a war. You remember, some of you were right there with me, and you remember we never lost a war, America never lost.
Now, we never win a war. We never win, and we don’t fight to win. We don’t fight to win. We’ve either got to win or don’t fight it at all.
Trump was born in 1946, one year after World War II. During his lifetime, the U.S. fought to a stalemate in Korea and withdrew from Vietnam. The New York Times reported in August 2016 that Trump received five deferments that prevented him from being drafted into Vietnam: four for college and one for bone spurs in his heels.
Trump lamented the $6 trillion spent by the U.S. military in the Middle East, and added that the area is "far worse than it was 16, 17 years ago." Trump did not say what the Middle East should look like, but said he was going to "straighten it out."
Trump said he was going to pay for more defense spending by cutting other federal government programs, which will be "doing more with less."
The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute noted in 2015 that the U.S. spent $610 billion on defense in 2014, which was more than the next seven countries combined: China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, France, the U.K., India and Germany.