Trump faces national security test with speech, forum

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump smiles after speaking to an overflow room during a campaign rally, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, in Greenville, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Republican Donald Trump is unveiling a plan for a major increase in defense spending as he works to convince skeptics in both parties that he’s ready to lead the world’s most powerful military.

The New York businessman has struggled at times to demonstrate a command of foreign policy.

The Trump campaign says he will outline plans to “add substantially” to the nation’s arsenal of submarines, ships and combat troops in a Wednesday morning speech in Philadelphia.

Trump’s address comes hours before his national security acumen is tested at a “commander in chief” forum on NBC that will also include Democrat Hillary Clinton.

They will not be on the stage at the same time, but it could serve as a warm-up for their first debate, scheduled for Sept. 26.

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