Defense Secretary Jim Mattis made a brief comment at the president's signing announcement Friday for a budget bill which funded the U.S. military more than any in history.
DEFENSE SECRETARY JIM MATTIS: Well, thank you, Mr. President.
Ladies and gentlemen, in 1790 in George Washington's first annual address to Congress, he stated, "To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving the peace."
As the president noted, today we received the largest military budget in history, reversing many years of decline and unpredictable funding. And together, we are going to make our military stronger than ever.
We in the military are humbled and grateful to the American people for their sacrifices on behalf of this funding. Now it's our responsibility in the military to spend every dollar wisely in order to keep the trust and the confidence of the American people and the Congress.