GOP, Vets Push Back on Trump State Dept. Proposal: Diplomacy Keeps ‘Our Troops Out of Combat’ GOP, Vets Push Back on Trump State Dept. Proposal: Diplomacy Keeps ‘Our Troops Out of Combat’ – NTK Network

GOP, Vets Push Back on Trump State Dept. Proposal: Diplomacy Keeps ‘Our Troops Out of Combat’

President Trump proposed a 30-percent cut in the State Department's international affairs budget on Monday. That's a non-starter, even for Republicans and military officials.

By NTK Staff | 02.13.2018 @1:30pm
GOP, Vets Push Back on Trump State Dept. Proposal: Diplomacy Keeps ‘Our Troops Out of Combat’

One proposal in President Trump’s fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget has been met with swift and strong opposition from both sides of the aisle: cutting the State Department’s international affairs budget.

Politico reported:

The White House on Monday proposed allocating $41.7 billion for the International Affairs Budget in fiscal 2019, a category that includes the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development. That’s a 30 percent cut from the fiscal 2017 enacted level of $59.6 billion, according to an analysis of the proposal by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.

The reaction, according to Politico? “[S]tiff bipartisan resistance.” The Washington Examiner reported that Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), the House Foreign Affairs chairman – and hardly a liberal – pointed out that foreign affairs spending keeps “our troops out of combat.”

“As I’ve said, diplomacy helps keep America strong and our troops out of combat,” Royce said. “Our country faces urgent threats from North Korea, Iran and terrorists around the world. Programs that are vital to our national interests should be prioritized.”

And Politico pointed out that one of President Trump’s favorite constituencies, the military, is opposed to the proposal as well:

In recent days, hundreds of military veterans, including more than 150 retired generals and admirals, have sent letters to congressional leaders urging them to avoid the proposed cuts to diplomacy and foreign aid.

Overall, Trump’s proposal would save only $18 billion in FY 2019, 1.8 percent of a budget deficit that’s already expected to be nearly $1 trillion.

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