Washington( CNN) Quoting increasing threats from China and Russia, the Pentagon is asking for a major boost in military spending for 2019, requesting Congress approve a budget of $686 billion — one of the largest in US history.

Touting project proposals on Monday, President Donald Trump said the US military would be the strongest it has ever been, including “increasing arsenals of virtually every weapon.”

The Defense Department's budget is $686 billion, an increase of $80 billion from 2017, which the Pentagon says is chiefly aimed at countering Russia and China.

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