March 01, 2017

US diplomats fear drastic Trump funding cut

By Ilan Goldenberg

Source: The Associated Press

Journalist(s) Dave Clark

President Donald Trump's review of government spending has forced US diplomats to consider drastic budget cuts they fear would harm their ability to head off conflict -- and silence a superpower.

Already sidelined by Trump's foreign policy inner circle, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's State Department has reportedly now been asked to suggest ways to slash 37 percent from its $50 billion budget.

Serving State Department staff said budget negotiations are "in the early stages" -- but there was no disguising the grim mood in the building, and former senior officials were scathing in their criticism of the idea.

Read the full article from The Associated Press.

  • Ilan Goldenberg

    Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Security Program

    Ilan Goldenberg is Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is a foreign policy and defense expert with ext...