STATEMENT: Trump’s Budget Proposal Would Be A Disaster For U.S. Foreign Policy

Global Progressive Hub released the following statement on President Trump’s budget proposal, with accompanying quotes from affiliated allies.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s budget proposal would be a disaster for United States foreign policy, endangering lives by casting aside investments in diplomacy and development in favor of the use of military force to solve complex global challenges.

When we pull back our investments in women, children and those who are most marginalized around the world, and cede leadership in critical issues like climate change, we put our national security in jeopardy. By cutting the international affairs and EPA budgets by nearly one-third, President Trump has done just that. His proposed budget will endanger lives and make the world less safe. We urge Congress to forcefully reject Trump’s dangerous vision for the federal budget and instead enact one that reflects our shared values.

“While preserving some essential bilateral assistance, this budget deeply and dangerously cuts funding for the programs and professionals comprising American soft power,” said Dylan Williams, J Street Vice President of Government Affairs. “Impoverishing U.S. diplomacy profoundly harms the security of our country and our closest allies, and cedes hard-fought ground to the forces of anti-democracy and extremism.”

“President Trump’s budget proposal is immoral, short-sighted, and un-American,” said Paul O’Brien, Oxfam America’s Vice President for Policy and Campaigns. “De-funding anti-hunger and agriculture investments when faced with one declared famine and three others looming is simply unconscionable. If enacted, this budget would mean death for many vulnerable women, children and men around the world. Members of Congress should not mistake this slash and burn approach as reform, and quickly reject it.”

“The proposed cuts to the State Department, including an elimination of international family planning programs, will primarily harm the world’s most vulnerable women and girls,” said Latanya Mapp Frett, Executive Director, Planned Parenthood Global. “This is a savage attack, and the Trump administration should be ashamed.”

“This budget is a disaster,” said Keya Chatterjee, Executive Director of the U.S. Climate Action Network. “The budget decimates the EPA’s ability to protect our kids’ health and our climate. It cuts funding that helps the most vulnerable countries prepare for climate impacts. Only corporate polluters do well in this dirty budget.”

“Donald Trump’s first budget is a heartless abandonment of the very values that make America great,” said Win Without War Director Stephen Miles. “Slashing vital investments and protections at home and abroad in order to pay for a massive spending binge at the Pentagon simply makes no sense. The Pentagon’s budget is bloated and full of waste and corporate greed that do nothing to keep our country safe or honor the service of the men and women who wear our nation’s uniform. Congress should reject this dangerous budget.”

“Trump’s budget harms women while lining the pockets of defense contractors and providing tax cuts for the rich,” said Megan Amundson, Women’s Action for New Directions Executive Director. “WAND calls on Congress to reject this shameful budget proposal out of hand and pass a budget that provides true security at home and abroad.”

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For further comment, questions, or discussion on these matters, please feel free to contact Global Progressive Hub Director Michelle Dixon at mdixon@globalprogressivehub.org, or Ben Armbruster, GPH’s Communications Director, at barmbruster@globalprogressivehub.org