Mattis: "No evidence" Putin wants good relations with U.S.

Defense Secretary Mattis told the House Armed Services Committee Monday evening he is “shocked” by the low level of U.S. military preparedness. President Trump wants to remedy that by boosting defense spending, but not by as much as many hawks would like.

“I see no evidence Mr. Putin wants a positive relationship” with the U.S.

Trump vs. Obama: Trump’s proposal calls for $603 billion for the DOD, whereas Obama’s called for $584 billion — that is to say “it’s basically the Obama approach with a little bit more, but not much,” as committee chairman Mac Thornberry put it.