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Washington - Clinton Criticizes Proposed Trump Budget Cuts For Diplomacy

Published on: March 31, 2017 04:27 PM
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Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton speaks at an awards ceremony honoring women and their role in international politics and peace building efforts hosted by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security in Washington, U.S., March 31, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton speaks at an awards ceremony honoring women and their role in international politics and peace building efforts hosted by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security in Washington, U.S., March 31, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Washington - Hillary Clinton on Friday criticized President Donald Trump’s proposal to slash billions of dollars from diplomacy and jabbed rhetorically at her former rival, remarking on her penchant for “talking about research, evidence and facts.”

The former first lady, New York senator and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee addressed an awards ceremony at Georgetown University and focused on advancing the rights of women and girls. Clinton said a rising tide of women’s rights lifts all nations and stressed that global progress depends on the progress of women.

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Clinton, who also served as secretary of state during the Obama administration, insisted that the Trump administration’s proposed deep cut of roughly 31 percent for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development would make the U.S. less secure while undercutting the country’s standing worldwide.

“Turning our backs on diplomacy won’t make our country safer,” Clinton said.

Under the Trump budget proposal unveiled early this month, the United Nations and dozens of its affiliated agencies would face significant cuts and possibly an end to U.S. contributions. Dramatic reductions in U.S.-led health, development and climate change initiatives would require other donors to fill the gaps.

Clinton was greeted by chants of “Hillary! Hillary!” but drew the loudest applause when she remarked, “here I go again, talking about research, evidence and facts.”

The Trump administration has repeatedly been criticized for making false claims. Senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway earlier this year defended disputed numbers on the inaugural crowd from the White House as “alternative facts.”

Clinton stressed the need for spending on diplomacy by quoting Defense Secretary James Mattis, who said cutting funds for the State Department means he has to buy more ammunition.



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 Mar 31, 2017 at 05:16 PM Sam Says:

HiLAIRy go away! Get lost!
And all you loser snowflakes, time for you do get some new looney toons, Hillary is old hag!

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 Mar 31, 2017 at 05:29 PM Anonymous Says:

She's nuts. The country is not all that safe. Look at the terror acts of shootings, etc. Look at the Obama/Holder/Lynch/Hillary sponsored rebellion against law enforcement, with criminal gangs of thugs like BLM. No, the diplomacy has not done diddly squat to promote or increase safety. But it did create huge wastes of money from the federal government, whether millions on conferences, prostitutes, etc. She claims to base her rantings on facts, but she is dead wrong. If she had any intellect or morality, she would fade into retirement. She does not need the millions for speeches. She already earned it through her position as Secretary of State. I would really love to see Trump go back to his original promise to try her for her treasonous crimes and put her in prison.

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 Mar 31, 2017 at 06:23 PM Teddybear Says:

How about taking off your pants and appearing with a dress , guess u covering up something

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 Apr 01, 2017 at 09:17 PM qazxc Says:

Reply to #3  
Teddybear Says:

How about taking off your pants and appearing with a dress , guess u covering up something

Must be hiding Trump's tax returns.

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 Apr 01, 2017 at 09:20 PM qazxc Says:

GO AWAY!!! Your candidacy already put the Orange One in the White House. You're the only candidate in the country who could have lost to that thing that is destroying the credibility of the country and the prestige of the office of the presidency of the USA.

GO AWAY. FAR, FAR, AWAY.

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 Apr 01, 2017 at 10:26 PM Heeb Says:

Is it me, or did this crusty old lady put on a few pounds?

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 Apr 02, 2017 at 08:27 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Heeb Says:

Is it me, or did this crusty old lady put on a few pounds?

all your remarks are fit for the garbage can

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 Apr 02, 2017 at 11:24 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
qazxc Says:

GO AWAY!!! Your candidacy already put the Orange One in the White House. You're the only candidate in the country who could have lost to that thing that is destroying the credibility of the country and the prestige of the office of the presidency of the USA.

GO AWAY. FAR, FAR, AWAY.

Don't go away. You didn't loose to "That Thing" You won by 3% of the American Peoples vote. It was not enough to overtake the electorate fixed by KGB/Putin/Trump.

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 Apr 02, 2017 at 11:28 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

She's nuts. The country is not all that safe. Look at the terror acts of shootings, etc. Look at the Obama/Holder/Lynch/Hillary sponsored rebellion against law enforcement, with criminal gangs of thugs like BLM. No, the diplomacy has not done diddly squat to promote or increase safety. But it did create huge wastes of money from the federal government, whether millions on conferences, prostitutes, etc. She claims to base her rantings on facts, but she is dead wrong. If she had any intellect or morality, she would fade into retirement. She does not need the millions for speeches. She already earned it through her position as Secretary of State. I would really love to see Trump go back to his original promise to try her for her treasonous crimes and put her in prison.

"Trump.. promise to try her" Funny? She was investigated by the FBI testified many time in Congress (without asking for immunity) NO CHARGE.. Trumps is under FBI and Congressional investigation. It will take 2-3 years to impeach him. In the meantime he is a joke. Obamacare is here to stay. His deportations is stopped by the courts. Looser.

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 Apr 02, 2017 at 11:31 AM Anonymous Says:

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Heeb Says:

Is it me, or did this crusty old lady put on a few pounds?

Yes she put on a few pounds, she looks happy. Trump? Loosing wait, can't sleep, no wife and under FBI criminal investigations.

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 Apr 02, 2017 at 03:15 PM Heeb Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Yes she put on a few pounds, she looks happy. Trump? Loosing wait, can't sleep, no wife and under FBI criminal investigations.

So you are saying you wish you were her........

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 Apr 02, 2017 at 03:16 PM Heeb Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

all your remarks are fit for the garbage can

I am glad to know that you follow my comments. I always wondered what it was like to have followers

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