Trump Proposes Cutting State Department Budget By 37%

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One month ago, a media frenzy broke out after the WaPo reported of mass voluntary resignations at the State Department, to protest the arrival of Rex Tillerson. Shortly after, it was revealed that not only was it not a "mass resignation" (there were only four high level resignation) but it was all procedural, meant to streamline the transition from one administration to the next.

However, the bloodbath at the State Department - for years Hillary Clinton's kingdom, and populated with many pro-Clinton staffers - may have been merely deferred because as AP reports, the Trump administration is proposing deep cuts in spending for diplomacy and foreign aid programs to help pay for increased military spending.

Officials familiar with the proposal say it calls for slashing more than a third, or 37%, of the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development budgets. Development assistance would take the biggest hit.

In the current fiscal year, the State Department and USAID got $50.1 billion, a little more than 1 percent of the total federal budget. As AP sources add, a 37-percent cut would likely require reductions in staff, including security contractors at diplomatic missions abroad.

As the WSJ adds, people familiar with the deliberations said the Trump administration is examining the growth in spending by the State Department during the Obama administration, including that caused by the addition of special envoys, though they said that would not cover the proposed cuts. One U.S. official said that the State Department is looking at development assistance to other countries as a significant source for the cuts.

Word of the proposed cuts met with swift objections from Republicans and Democrats.

Senator Bob Corker, the Tennessee Republican who heads the Foreign
Relations Committee, said the budget process was only beginning. He said
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in the process of preparing a
response.

Others quickly slammed the idea: ”if it’s anywhere in the ballpark of what I’ve seen about the State Department, that’s definitely dead on arrival,” Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, said of Trump’s State Department cuts. “That guts soft power and puts our diplomats at risk.”

Asked if Congress would support such deep State Department cuts, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “Probably not.”

Tillerson’s own response wasn’t immediately known, though he and Trump discussed the need to overhaul the department when he was interviewed for the job, according to a transition official familiar with the conversation.

"The department is working with the White House and OMB to review its budget priorities,” acting State Department spokesman Mark Toner said. “The department remains committed to a U.S. foreign policy that advances the security and prosperity of the American people."

Trump is sure to meet similar push back from other US agencies as the threat of money being pulled away becomes all too real.

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wildbad's picture

...like ten thousand lawyers at the bottom of a well.

...a good start

BullyBearish's picture

This would actually count as a reduction in military spending, as Lofgren contends in DEEP STATE, the entire State Dept budget should be considered military since it gave up on any diplomatic activities and goes straight to war...

 

OR...in reality, it's going from one pocket to the other...

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Every time I'm skeptical of Trump, he goes and does something like disassembling the globalist agenda-apparatus in the US government.  Nicely played, Donald.

jus_lite_reading's picture

Indeed. This is a great majory first step. I think he will continue to fulfill his promises. Next stop, reduce the EPA to original size.

AllTimeWhys's picture

Graham is opposed to it = DO IT! DO IT NOW!

Deathrips's picture

Per the governments performance 90% + cuts are in order. 30% of those cuts will create a guillotine and executioner market.

 

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froze25's picture

Oh so you were hired over the last 8 years? Sorry you know low man on the totem pole and all, Layoffs!

Wonderful news.

Chupacabra-322's picture

Nuke the Pure Evil Criminal Psychopaths at the CIA. It's the only way to be sure.

WillyGroper's picture

dyincorpse...another good start.

Shocker's picture

Very good start... more winning everyday

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Manthong's picture

 

Oh, the humanity!

Stuck on Zero's picture

The "Deep State Department" is getting shallower.

beemasters's picture

Wikileaks: Close Hillary Clinton friend Lynn Forester de Rothschild (Economist publisher) is a trustee of the Saudi funded John McCain Institute.
https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/836252208513572866

You can probably do whatever you want when you have a Rothchild and the Saudi behind you.

HowdyDoody's picture

Apparently not as much as you would think. McCain still needed to seek funding from Russia for his 2008 Presidential campaign.

https://wikileaks.org/wiki/Russian_mission_On_Fundraising_Letter_from_Jo...

bonin006's picture

And they wouldn't give him any money. Is that why he hates them?

froze25's picture

Can't make this shit up can you. McCain Sucks.

New World Chaos's picture

 You can probably do whatever you want when you have a Rothchild and the Saudi behind you.

Yeah, like human trafficking.  http://traffickingandprostitutionservices.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Mc...

Oh, and the State Department is a cesspool of swamp creatures, America-hating PC cultists and Hillary's flying monkeys.  State Dept. employee Monika Wesolowski has endured harassment and assassination attempts for pointing out that the State Department won't talk about pedophilia rings in America.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNz0In4cQS0&feature=youtu.be

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

How can you run pedophilia rings if people know about them?  Hence State Department keeps quiet.

Can you say complicit?

Child trafficking is just the vertical integration of pedophilia for blackmail operations.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Nice reference to Economist Magazine.

Economist has NEGATIVE $750 Billion Trade Balance.

http://www.economist.com/node/21604509

Trade balance Current-account balance Currency units Budget balance Interest rates
Country latest 12 months, $bn latest 12 months, $bn % of GDP, 2016* Feb 16th, per $ year ago, per $ % of GDP 2016* 3-month latest 10-year government bonds, latest
United States -750.1Dec

brianshell's picture

Cut funding to USAID. George Webb spots USAID in the organ trafficking along with State Department and Dyncorp and CIA.

McCain  grilled Tillerson to make sure he would continue support of USAID. McCain is in on all this too.

If Trump digs deep enough he might find his buddy Bebe.

TeethVillage88s's picture

brianshell, I tend to agree. The whole Hillary and Obama methodology is suspect, deceitful.

I just don't know where to go with it. I say investigate the hell out of the Clinton Foundations and Corporations. The US Election Process with Open Borders is vote rigging and DC likes this. I guess if Dems can rig the election, then GOP like McCain can do his rigging too. Quid pro quo.

2016 Presidential Election is fodder for revolution and a decade of investigations... think 2007-2010 Financial Crisis is 10 Times the Savings & Loan Fraud which took like 10,000 Federal Agents 10 years of work.

2016 Presidential Election must be 10 Times the Financial Crash in work to investigate - racketeering - Vote Rigging - Foreign Agent Influence and Lobbying - Sedition - Treason - Fraud - Wire Fraud

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Handful of Dust's picture

Rex Tillerson only needs a handful of top people to run things efficiently like he did in the private sector.

One solid private sector employee = 50 present gubmint state dept employees

Believe me ... I have met over a dozen of them here and there in DC and 11/12 were easily replaceable with a bright high school student.

It's amazing to me they select people with very few academic skills (policits, economics, history, etc) and almost no langauge skills so the state department has to spend millions of dollars and a year or two teaching them.

I mean wtf?!

The Bush/Soweto/Hitlery state departments have to be the worstest!

The State Department should be one of the most professional and highly educated and experienced agencies in America.

And it's not. I have confidence Tillerson and Trump will change that.

Make_Mine_A_Double's picture

I worked at DOJ for a time after I graduated. You could fire every 2nd federal employee in DC and you would not know the difference - in fact it would increase efficiency.

So much dead wood in DC - not least half the knee grows in the District are on the Fed dole.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Handful of Dust, that is right. I believe what you said. It is by purpose too. Just like the Media makes us passive and stupid... the federal govt is often designed to be passive and stupid.

- Nothing can beat the Passive and Stupid Con-gress tho!!
- All Institutions in the USA are Political... might as well be Europe or the Politburo!
- All Systems are Rigged, nothing happens by chance, not even how passive our churches have been under NGO Rules or Corporate Rules put out by the IRS

"The Bush/Soweto/Hitlery state departments have to be the worstest!

The State Department should be one of the most professional and highly educated and experienced agencies in America."

Deathrips's picture

Snowflake.

 

I have been running a company for the last 16 years. Even though you dumbasses tried to kill innovation... we survived.

So fuck you.

 

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Jim in MN's picture

“The innovator makes enemies of all those who prospered under the old order, and only lukewarm support is forthcoming from those who would prosper under the new. Their support is lukewarm ... partly because men are generally incredulous, never really trusting new things unless they have tested them by experience.”

Niccolo Machiavelli

O C Sure's picture

...Neither do we see any connection between the Forms and that which we see to be the cause in the case of the sciences; for whose sake Intellect and Nature produce all they DO produce. Action is the cause of all goods.

Aristotle — the ambassador for a Perfect Union

rockstone's picture

Aw shucks..... They just missed getting vested for the pension.
Wow.... tough break.

tmosley's picture

If our diplomats are at risk, recall them! Send some teleconferencing equipment to any nation too poor to afford it themselves and do your diplomacy over the phone, or even at their embassy in the US. This isn't the 1800's. We've got some nice money saving tech now, so let's employ it.

I mean, we won't be able to traffic drugs and child prostitutes through them any more. Guess #pizzagate will just have to fucking deal with it.

Paul Kersey's picture

What State Department?

"Neither he (Tillerson) nor his staff were consulted on the executive order imposing a travel ban on refugees and nationals of seven predominantly Muslim countries. A memo strongly dissenting from the policy has been signed by about 1,000 state department employees.

When Trump decided over a dinner to approve a special forces counter-terrorist raid in Yemen, there was no one from the state department present who would normally have highlighted the dangers of civilian casualties from such operations for wider US interests in the region. The raid on 29 January went badly wrong and 25 civilians were killed, including nine children under the age of 13."

froze25's picture

Its pretty evident that the people on the receiving end of that Raid were tipped off.

Krungle's picture

We're not supposed to talk about the Awan brothers because Session has wood for going after legal pot instead. We're also not supposed to ask why we are fighting in Yemen to begin with because MIC needs more wars. 

Confused by POTUS yet again, but I guess we just have to take the good with the bad....

froze25's picture

Awan brothers, are those the guys that were IT people for some congressmen? Recently got locked out of secure systems or something to that effect?

TheLastTrump's picture

you're confused because you're weak minded and can't figure out fact from fiction

Payne's picture

1000 people ready to be given a pink slip.  Thanks for the list.

TheLastTrump's picture

This appears to be yet another fake news hit piece.

 

I don't think Tillerson was in place when the immigration EO was first issued Jan 27th? He had no staff at State...everyone there was an Obamasucker. Everyone that signed that memo should be fired.


The 2cd paragraph is ridiculous. All Trump needed to give the go sign was the advice of the military professionals who approached him with the mission. Those pros know plenty about civilian casualties, State was not needed. The entire fucking country of Yemen is a target.

 

 

 

"Neither he (Tillerson) nor his staff were consulted on the executive order imposing a travel ban on refugees and nationals of seven predominantly Muslim countries. A memo strongly dissenting from the policy has been signed by about 1,000 state department employees.

When Trump decided over a dinner to approve a special forces counter-terrorist raid in Yemen, there was no one from the state department present who would normally have highlighted the dangers of civilian casualties from such operations for wider US interests in the region. The raid on 29 January went badly wrong and 25 civilians were killed, including nine children under the age of 13."

Deathrips's picture

Did they indian give their christmas present to IS RA EL ?

 

RIPS

DocBerg's picture

Trump can also save a lot of money by eliminating refugee processing by the State Department.  And, it will reduce welfare costs for many years!

TeethVillage88s's picture

Yes, President Trump take note:

"If our diplomats are at risk, recall them! Send some teleconferencing equipment to any nation too poor to afford it themselves and do your diplomacy over the phone, or even at their embassy in the US. "

booboo's picture

Wait for the debt ceiling and government shut down and Trump effectively has a Line item veto

herbivore's picture

I wish Graham was dead-on-arrival.

CJgipper's picture

And eliminate the department of education entirely.  Give it back to the states.

dude duderson's picture

Are you serious right now? so, reallocating capital for "defense" is somehow disassembling the "globalist agenda".  Not sure how many more Bush and Obama-like moves this guy has to make for you people to see that he's in on the scam. I wanted this guy to be for real, but the military industrial complex is too strong, no chance.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

 

OR...in reality, it's going from one pocket to the other...

Yep, just moving it around a little. Most US foreign aid is essentially gift certificates for US arms manufacturers.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

Noticed the CIA operation USAID in there. Bravo Donald!

Now if we could likewise slash the MIC .....

hound dog vigilante's picture

 

It's a start...!

 

“puts our diplomats at risk.”  -  I'd like Graham to explain this, in detail...

 

swmnguy's picture

You know what really puts our diplomats at risk?  For just one example, housing the CIA station office and dark-site torture prison, local Al Quaeda headquarters and weapons distribution center in the US consulate located in a city known for its instability.  Like, say, Benghazi.

Oh, and also, letting the CIA infiltrate the Peace Corps, putting at grave risk idealistic young people actually wanting to do some good in the world.  And using local embassies to foment rebellion on the perimeter of Russia and China, and on top resource deposits and the routes those resources have to travel to get to market.  And employing mercenaries out of our embassies too.  None of that helps, safety-wise.