Former top military leaders and congressional leaders are speaking out. - From ABC News
The White House announced Monday that it wants a 10 percent increase in military spending, roughly equal to $54 billion, with an equal amount of cuts from the “non-defense” budget -- historic levels not seen since the early Reagan administration.
Executive agencies, including the State Department, are reviewing the plan now before the White House submits a final budget to Congress by March 16, but there have been reports that the plan could include up to a 30 percent cut to the State Department’s budget or the elimination of whole divisions, such as the envoys for climate change and anti-Semitism.
foreign policy that advances the security and prosperity of the American people." Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Trump at the White House on Monday, but it remains unclear how hard the former businessman will push back on proposed cuts.
The budget for the State Department and foreign aid together totaled $50.1 billion last year.
Almost all of the signatories to the letter are not politically involved, but two were big Trump critics: John Allen, was a vocal Hillary Clinton campaign supporter, and Michael Hayden, who was George W.