‘Unacceptable’: Biden’s own party slams his $715bn Pentagon budget request

President Joe Biden faced huge opposition after requesting a $715 billion budget for the Pentagon next year – an increase over former President Donald Trump’s budget this year.

Biden’s request for a $753-billion 2022 defense budget – with a whopping $715 billion going straight to the Pentagon – was made public on Friday and immediately drew criticism for being an even higher number than Trump’s $740-billion defense budget (with $704 billion for the Pentagon).

Much of the opposition against Biden’s request came from figures within his own Democratic Party, who warned that such a high budget would be “unacceptable” and a “grave mistake” as the world currently struggles to battle with Covid-19.

“In the middle of a pandemic that has only exacerbated inequality, we must go further to put the needs of the American people over the profits of defense contractors,” declared Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan, while California Rep. Ro Khanna called the news “disappointing.”