Lindsey Graham Rips Trump’s Proposed Cuts to State Dept.: ‘A Lot of Benghazis in the Making’

The Trump administration released its 2018 budget proposal today and, predictably, it caught the ire of Democrats due to its cuts to social programs like Medicaid and food stamps. However, there was also criticism from Republicans, notably Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and his buddy, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

What are they mad about? That the White House wants to slash the budget for the State Department, that’s what.

“If we implemented this budget, we’d have to retreat from the world and put a lot of people at risk,” Graham told reporters today. “You’d have a lot of Benghazis in the making if we actually implemented the State Department cuts.”

The budget reduces diplomatic spending by 31%, from $54.9 billion to $37.6 billion. When taking emergency funding out of the equation, the budget cut is 29% to State and USAID.

He noted that the budget is “dead on arrival,” a sentiment also held by McCain, who added that the commitment to rebuilding the military couldn’t be sustained with the spending level shown in the budget.

This isn’t the first time Graham has hit the White House over proposed cuts to the State budget. Back in February when it was floated that the administration wants to decrease the department’s spending by 37% to help fund increases to defense, Graham labeled it a “disaster.”

Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.

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