Ranking Member Deutch Slams Trump's Severe Cuts to Int'l Affairs Budget
Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), Ranking Member of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, issued his strong opposition to President Trump’s plan to cut the international affairs budget by 28.5 percent:
“The President's budget reveals a White House that lacks a basic understanding of how to conduct smart foreign policy.
"Mr. President, vibrant American diplomatic efforts abroad help keep our country safe.
“Diplomacy and development often prevent conflicts before they even begin. Investing in a strong nonmilitary foreign policy means that fewer American service members are sent into dangerous parts of the world. Certainly, we must maintain the world’s most powerful military – but often, disagreements are better settled through negotiations than on the battlefield.
“The American people should be proud of our generous foreign assistance programs and skillful diplomatic corps. The international affairs budget is used to combat deadly diseases like HIV/AIDS, promote education for girls, and encourage cooperation on climate-friendly development. These programs aren’t just motivated by altruism; a healthier, wealthier, and more peaceful world means a safer and more prosperous United States.
“The U.S. stands proudly as the leader in promoting democracy and human rights around the world. We must not cede this leadership position to countries that don’t share our values.
“The President's decision to ignore calls for a robust international affairs budget from experienced statesmen, respected ambassadors, and even three-star and four-star generals weakens American power abroad and puts our country at even greater risk.”