Vice President Mike Pence spent his 100th day in office at a christening ceremony for the nation’s newest Virginia-class nuclear-powered submarine.
Pence traveled to the Huntington Ingalls Shipyard in Newport News, Virginia, on Saturday to celebrate the USS Indiana, named after his home state.
During the ceremony, Pence addressed the audience of lawmakers, shipyard workers, and Navy personnel:
“[Trump] sent me here today on this historic occasion as a sign of his deep commitment to the Armed Forces of the United States of America, and to his commitment to make the strongest fighting force in the world even stronger still.”
He praised Acting Navy Secretary Sean Stackley and U.S. Navy members while noting the administration’s plans to bolster military defense spending, citing the new budget will “restore the arsenal of democracy.”
“At a time of mounting threats across the globe, President Trump has made it clear America’s national security is this President’s highest priority now and always,” Pence said.
“Know today that under President Donald Trump that beacon will shine bright, brighter than ever before. And with this President’s leadership, the United States I believe is entering a new era of security, prosperity, and strength,” he added.
The vice president continued, “Just next week, with President Trump’s leadership, and the strong support of the members of Congress gathered here today, Congress will pass a spending bill with long-overdue investments in our military readiness even before this fiscal year ends. That’s what leadership looks like.”
Trump is requesting the $30-billion increase for defense in the spending bill being negotiated in Congress to complete the current fiscal year. Negotiators are expected to finish work on that measure next week, amid reports that lawmakers are considering a $15-billion increase for the Pentagon.
Vice President Mike Pence shakes hands with Dept of Indiana Cmdr. James B. May at the USS Indiana Nuclear Attack Submarine Christening pic.twitter.com/sYdnxrvJHP
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Christening the USS Indiana with Vice President Mike Pence pic.twitter.com/VRgl5EKwYi
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