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Senate Report On SFOPs Appropriations Criticizes Trump Administration For Promoting ‘Doctrine Of Retreat’ In Budget Request

CBS News: Senate report rips Trump administration’s “apparent doctrine of retreat” abroad
“The Senate Appropriations Committee tore into the Trump administration’s approach to foreign policy in a new report, criticizing the White House’s proposed State Department budget as reflective of an ‘apparent doctrine of retreat’ abroad. The unusually harsh language appeared in the report attached to spending legislation for the State Department and foreign operations that totals [more than] $51 billion, roughly $11 billion more in funding than the administration had requested. The Trump administration had proposed a budget that slashed State Department spending for fiscal year 2018 by about 30 percent from the previous year…” (Watson/Atwood, 9/9).

Reuters: Senate panel rejects Trump’s ‘doctrine of retreat’ on foreign policy
“… ‘The lessons learned since September 11, 2001, include the reality that defense alone does not provide for American strength and resolve abroad. Battlefield technology and firepower cannot replace diplomacy and development,’ [the report] read…” (Zengerle, 9/8).

Roll Call: Senate Appropriators Reject Trump Administration’s ‘Apparent Doctrine of Retreat’
“…In the report, the Appropriations Committee blasted the budget request for an apparent lack of due diligence in its drafting by members of the Trump administration. ‘The Office of Management and Budget arbitrarily set the topline funding level for the International Affairs budget without input from the Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the National Security Council, or any other national security agency,’ the committee report said. ‘This forced the Department of State and USAID to randomly establish country and program-level allocations that lacked any justification’…” (Lesniewski, 9/8).

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