NEWPORT NEWS — President Donald Trump will visit Newport News Shipbuilding Thursday, fresh off a speech to Congress where he plans to propose a hefty increase in defense spending.
The president will address a joint session of Congress Tuesday evening and argue for a $54 billion boost in defense spending. That represents a 10 percent jump and is a “top line” number with specifics to come, according at a White House news briefing Monday.
However, Trump has already proposed a dramatic expansion of the Navy fleet, which hits home in Hampton Roads. The Newport News shipyard is a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, the nation’s largest military shipbuilder.
Trump will make comments from the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford, according to company spokeswoman Christie Miller. The first-in-class ship, which represents the next generation of naval sea power, is scheduled to be delivered to the Navy this year after numerous delays.