Trump Just Proposed Something So Bad, That Over 120 Generals Moved To Prevent It
It’s evident that Donald Trump doesn’t understand how diplomacy works nor what departments are critical for national security. That’s why, more than 120 retired generals and admirals have joined forces to protect the U.S. State Department from the president’s draconian cuts.
As reported by several news outlets, president Donald Trump’s first budget proposal would increase military spending by about $54 billion dollars and cut funding elsewhere by a similar amount this year, in large part by targeting the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department.
The generals were so alarmed by the cuts that they signed a letter Monday pushing back on Trump’s proposal.
Retired Adm. James Stavridis, the former NATO supreme allied commander, and retired Gen. David Petraeus, a former CIA director, are among the former three- and four-star generals who wrote that State Department funding is “critical to keeping America safe.”
In the letter, sent to congressional leaders and the White House, the generals argue that “the State Department, USAID, Millennium Challenge Corporation, Peace Corps and other development agencies are critical to preventing conflict and reducing the need to put our men and women in uniform in harm’s way.”
The generals went on to quote a 2013 remark by Defense Secretary James Mattis while commander of US Central Command: “If you don’t fully fund the State Department, then I need to buy more ammunition.”
“We know from our service in uniform that many of the crises our nation faces do not have military solutions alone — from confronting violent extremist groups like ISIS in the Middle East and North Africa to preventing pandemics like Ebola,” the generals wrote.
Congress is not mandated to follow Trump’s budget plan, and in the coming weeks committees are expected to call administration officials to Capitol Hill to explain their proposal. The generals are likely to make appearances as well, arguing against the dramatic cuts, noted CNN.