Monday, February 14, 2011

Quoted: Hillary Clinton, "Cuts to foreign aid would be detrimental to America's national security"

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 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke with reporters today after having a one on one meeting with new House Speaker John Boehner. During their conversation, they spoke about proposed plans to cut aid to foreign countries.

From AFP:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Monday that deep Republican cuts to foreign aid would be "detrimental" to national security, saying Washington cannot afford to "recede" from its presence anywhere in the world. Clinton said she had warned Republican House Speaker John Boehner the cuts would cause the State Department and US Agency for International Development (USAID) to scale back their critical roles in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The chief US diplomat also cited the current political upheaval in Egypt, the linchpin of US peacemaking in the Middle East, as a key reason for keeping a strong diplomatic presence that can help to defuse crises. "The scope of the proposed House cuts is massive. The truth is that cuts of that level will be detrimental to America's national security," Clinton told reporters after talks with Boehner, the most powerful Republican. "The State Department and USAID are on the front lines of just about every national security challenge we face. And we are promoting American jobs and advancing economic opportunity for Americans as well," she said.


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