For years now—long preceding the emergence of candidate Trump or now President Trump—I have been making repeated and urgent calls for the rebuilding of our Naval fleet.
The president sees that need as well—He’s made his own call for a 355-ship navy.
But there’s been little to no progress from the Navy in delivering even a bare-bones plan to realize the president’s objective.
That failure could jeopardize the president’s chances for reelection next year.
Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin were the most surprising states that turned from supporting President Barack Obama in 2012 to voting for Donald Trump in 2016. Those three states were critical to putting President Trump in the White House. Each one of those states has infrastructure that would have benefited from an active shipbuilding program today.
President Trump may well come face to face with the consequences of his Pentagon leadership’s failure to implement his oft-promised 355-ship Navy.
The Pentagon should be presenting a shipbuilding plan now.