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White House intervened to add extra littoral combat ship to Navy’s budget

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The decision has turned heads on Capitol Hill, which is still awaiting a detailed explanation

Littoral combat ships are built in Mobile, Alabama, and in Marinette, Wisconsin

CNN —  

The White House intervened in order to add an extra littoral combat ship to Navy’s budget request a day after the budget was released, three sources familiar with the decision told CNN, in a move that has befuddled lawmakers and budget experts.

The decision to add a second littoral combat ship to the Trump administration budget after the fact caught even Navy leaders by surprise, with Navy officials delivering contradictory testimony Wednesday while defending their budget on Capitol Hill.

The Navy initially submitted a budget that funded one littoral combat ship for 2018, down from two that the Obama administration requested in 2017.

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