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SEOUL (Reuters) - The Pentagon has told the White House that the U.S. military will not be politicized, a U.S. official said on Sunday, in response to a controversy after officials directed the United States Navy to keep the USS John S. McCain out of sight during a recent speech by President Donald Trump in Japan.

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(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Brian M. Wilbur.)

Defense officials will brief President Donald Trump's national security team on a plan that involves sending 5,000 more troops to the Middle East to deter Iran, Task & Purpose has learned.

So far, no decisions have been made about whether to send the reinforcements to the region, unnamed U.S. officials told CNN's Barbara Starr.

"The military capabilities being discussed include sending additional ballistic missile defense systems, Tomahawk cruise missiles on submarines, and surface ships with land attack capabilities for striking at a long range," CNN reports. "Specific weapons systems and units have not been identified."

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The White House is asking Congress for another $377 million to fund active-duty and National Guard troops deployed to the southwestern border, officials announced on Wednesday.

The money is part of a total of $4.5 billion in emergency funding requested by the Office of Management and Budget to fund a variety of agencies involved with border security.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, a senior administration official described what the extra money would be used for in broad terms without elaborating.

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Vice President Mike Pence (Photo: Glenn Fawcett)

Editor's Note: This article by Hope Hodge Seck originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.

The same day the nominee for next top officer of the Navy defended service plans to retire the carrier Harry S. Truman halfway through its planned service life, the vice president of the United States paid a visit to the carrier itself to deliver a message from the president himself: The Truman will stay open for business.

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President Donald Trump is doubling down on his claim that he fired former Defense Secretary James Mattis, who resigned in protest over the president's decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Syria.

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks beside David Bernhardt, acting U.S. secretary of interior, left, and Patrick Shanahan, acting U.S. secretary of defense, during a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Credit: Al Drago / Pool via CNP

Providing further proof that we're all dead and this is hell, President Donald Trump spoke about a variety of national security issues during Wednesday's televised cabinet briefing, during which his one-liners came fast and furiously.

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