Trump to propose military buildup, cuts in foreign aid


If the Trump administration does not act on the rapid effects of climate change, we might as well say goodbye to a healthy planet. "We can and must do better", McCain said in a statement. "The department remains committed to a US foreign policy that advances the security and prosperity of the American people", Toner said in a statement.

"Our foreign policy calls for a direct, robust and meaningful engagement with the world", he said. On Monday, Trump proposed increasing the military budget to just over $600 billion-a 10 percent increase-while deeply slashing the budgets of other agencies, likely including the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department.

Critics of the Trump budget plans noted that cuts to foreign aid could damage the US standing in numerous strategically important countries. "And by the way, doesn't live up to the standards of who we are as a people".

"Foreign Aid is not charity". Trump also wants to push a tax cut measure and a big spending package - up to $1 trillion - for roads, bridges and other public works. "I'm not in favor of reducing what we call the '150 account' to that extent".

"So many of those programs are very important". Democrats have already said they need to see non-defense spending plans from Republicans before they'll move ahead on the military funding.

Senator Lindsey Graham, the Republican chairman of the Senate subcommittee responsible for the State and Foreign Aid budgets, said Trump's idea would be "dead on arrival" in Congress.

"This budget destroys soft power, it puts our diplomats at risk, and it's going nowhere", he said today.

"Budgeting is done on a bipartisan basis", he said. "Foreign assistance is an insurance policy". When the Trump administration has a budget that basically destroys soft power, it's unnerving to me, because clearly they don't understand how soft power is essential to winning the war. He also noted that it calls for one of the largest increases in defense spending in USA history.

Democrats Dick Durbin - a senator from IL - and Patrick Leahy of Vermont weighed in as well.

There were several Republicans in the House of Representatives who also voiced their concerns about dramatic cuts to foreign aid. The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Ben Cardin, said he thought enough members of Congress would oppose such a plan to kill it, even though Republicans have majorities in both houses of Congress and a budget bill would need only a simple majority to pass. Trump was due to set out proposals for his broad agenda in a speech to Congress at 9 pm on Tuesday.

But Trump's proposed budget flips that view on its head.

The president does not have the final say on federal spending.

The ONE Campaign, an advocacy organization working to end poverty, met with legislators Tuesday to discuss the issue.

In the president's first detailed budget proposal, to be sent to Capitol Hill in May, he will ask Congress to cut non-defense discretionary spending by $54 billion in fiscal year 2018, which begins in October.

"It's also especially ironic".

For students at the University of OR, we're used to hearing the words "budget cut". "Bombs alone can not prevent radicalization. As our war fighters increasingly turn to development to deter conflicts, the President's budget appears to be going the wrong direction".

While there may be places where savings can be made, those should be diverted to the greatest refugee crisis since World War II and imminent famines that threaten Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria, O'Keefe said.

"The budget represents America's moral choices".