President Trump visiting Newport News Shipbuilding Thursday

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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Newport News Shipbuilding on Thursday. The visit coincides with word that the Trump administration budget proposal calls for sharp increases in defense spending.

Budget and administration officials say the president wants to hike defense spending by 10 percent, or about $54 billion. Trump has called the military “depleted” and spoke of increased funding during his presidential campaign.

The director of the Office of Management and Budget says the Trump budget “blueprint” will be submitted to Congress on March 16. Mick Mulvaney says the blueprint prioritizes not only rebuilding the military, but securing the border, enforcing laws currently on the books and taking care of veterans.

Spokesperson Christie Miller with the Huntington Ingalls Industries confirmed Trump’s planned visit to 10 On Your Side.

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