“(It) should alarm us all,” Clinton said of the document which proposed deep domestic spending cuts and increased military spending.
The former secretary of state, who has recently begun to engage more directly in political fights, said the proposed cuts — which include steep reductions to foreign aid — would be a “grave mistake.”
“We are seeing signals of a shift that should alarm us all. This administration’s proposed cuts to international health, development and diplomacy would be a blow to women and children and a grave mistake for our country,” Clinton said.
Clinton, speaking at an event honoring women who contributed to the recent peace process between the Colombia government and the FARC, went on to reference a letter from 120 retired generals who urged Trump not to make major cuts to diplomacy and foreign aid.
“These distinguished women and men who have served in uniform recognize that turning our back on diplomacy won’t make our country safer; it will undermine our security and our standing in the world,” Clinton said.
The letter from former three- and four-star generals included Retired Gen. David Petraeus, a former CIA director, and retired Adm. James Stavridis, the former NATO supreme allied commander.
“The State Department, USAID, Millennium Challenge Corporation, Peace Corps and other development agencies are critical to preventing conflict and reducing the need to put our men and women in uniform in harm’s way,” the generals wrote.