Trump admin wants to slash funding for diplomacy

Washington( CNN) The Trump administration is proposing sharp cuts to the budget for international diplomacy and aid in 2019, in line with a determination to boost spending on the military and cut it elsewhere.

The addition was the result of a bipartisan budget bargain reached Friday and the extra funds will go toward humanitarian aid, global health programs and the UN, officials told CNN later on Monday afternoon.

With the overall budget request, “the administration will protect Americans at home and overseas by countering the gravest threats to US national security, ” said Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan. The agency will also “build the strength and intensity of international effort to prevent North Korea, Iran and other actors from unlawfully acquiring weapons of mass destruction in their means of delivery, ” he said.

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