Hillary Clinton slammed US President Donald Trump during speech at Georgetown University on Friday morning, calling Trump’s proposed budget a “grave mistake” for the country.
“This administration’s proposed cuts to international health, development, and diplomacy would be a blow to women and children and a grave mistake for our country,” Clinton said to applause.
Clinton brought up a letter, signed by 120 retired generals and addressed to Trump urging continued funding non-defence programs which Clinton says “represent our values.”
Retired general David Petraeus and former NATO supreme allied commander James Stavridis were among the letter’s signatories.
“These distinguished men and women in uniform recognise that turning our back on diplomacy won’t make our country safer; it will undermine our security and standing in the world,” Clinton said.
Trump’s first budget proposes massive cuts to the State Department and Environmental Protection Agency, as well as completely eliminating 19 federal agencies while increasing defence spending by $US54 billion.
Clinton further discussed the important role of women in peacekeeping negotations, and took a shot at some Trump administration, saying some officials had a penchant for dealing in “alternative reality.”
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