In a final push before Election Day, Republican presidential candidate has been laying out specific plans for his administration if elected in November.
On Friday, he promised a crowd of more than 1,500 supporters in Pennsylvania that he would build up the U.S. Navy and expand the ship-building industry to create jobs.
“Our Navy is the smallest its been since World War I,” Trump explained at the rally in Newtown, according to The Hill. “My plan will be to build 350 ships. We need a 350-ship Navy.”
To accomplish this goal, the GOP candidate proposed using facilities such as the “under-utilized” Philadelphia Navy Yard, touting it as an “ideal location for tasks the Navy desperately needs accomplished.”
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“I will instruct my secretary of the Navy to study locations like Philadelphia, with a long history of service to our military and proximity to vibrant private industry and find ways to involve them in this national effort,” he added.
In a memo released on Friday, Alexander Gray, Trump’s senior military adviser, explained that a Trump administration would “rapidly expand” the activities of the Philadelphia Yard to meet the Navy’s growing science and technology needs, which would also create thousands of jobs that are much-needed in our stagnant economy.
Virginia Rep. Randy Forbes, chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower & Projection Forces Subcommittee, also supported Trump’s plan to build up the Navy’s fleet.
“Under a Trump administration we will build the 350 ship Fleet we need and harness American workers, American know how, and American materials to create the Navy of the 21st century,” Forbes wrote in a Trump campaign news release Friday night.
This specific plan could be crucial for the GOP candidate in Pennsylvania, where he was trailing Democrat rival Hillary Clinton by an average of 6.2 points in recent polls, according to RealClearPolitics.
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