South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said Trump’s 2018 budget proposal is “dead on arrival.” Trump’s proposal cuts the State Department and the US Agency for International Development by 37 percent, at the expense of those two departments Trump hopes to increase military spending by $52 billion.
“What’s most disturbing about the cut to the State Department’s budget is it shows a lack of understand of what it take to win a war, “Graham said, It’s not going to happen. It would be a disaster. If you take soft power off the table you’re never going to win a war.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell voiced is doubt and said the budget proposal would “probably not” pass Congress.
Strengthening diplomacy and development were critical to prevent conflict. International assistance in the State Department budget does more than respond to humanitarian needs it also supports policy goals,” Defense Secretary James Mattes said..
Former secretary of state John Kerry was known to make a strong case for increasing the State Department’s budget. The new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will have to fight, just to keep what his agency has.
According to Trump, the increase in military spending would be offset by gutting other programs, such as the EPA. More than 120 generals have signed a letter asking Congress not to cut funding for diplomacy or foreign aid.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has not yet said where overall reductions would occur.
The Push back by the Republicans falls on the night Trump is supposed to give his first speech in front of Congress