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‘It’s Dead on Arrival’: Lindsey Graham on Trump’s Proposed Cuts to State Department Budget

It had been expected since President Donald Trump explained yesterday that he was requesting a $54 billion increase in the military’s budget that he’d pay for some of that by calling for deep cuts to the State Department. This afternoon, the Associated Press reported that the White House would propose a 37% cut to State and and the US Agency for International Development.

Earlier today, shortly before the Associated Press published its story, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was asked his thoughts on a budget that would include slashes to the State Dept. “It’s dead on arrival,” Graham told NBC News’ Frank Thorp. “It’s not going to happen. It would be a disaster.” He continued, “When you take soft power off the table you’re never going to win the war.”

Graham concluded by expressing his concern with the White House’s understanding of the importance of the agency when it comes to fighting a war. “What’s most disturbing about the cuts to the State Department’s budget,” Graham stated. “It shows a lack of understanding of what it takes to win the war.”

Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.

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