US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts in State Department will not win congressional approval.
The Republican senator said on Tuesday that he himself would not support the plan for slashing State Department funding as the Trump administration is expected to propose and would work on a “bipartisan” basis to dismiss such a measure.
Asked if he thought the Senate could pass a budget that included a cut of a third of State Department funding, McConnell responded, “probably not.”
“I, for one, just speaking for myself, think the diplomatic portion of the federal budget” is a positive tool for US foreign policy, the 75-year-old senator said, adding that spending money on diplomacy is often cheaper and more effective than what “we do on the defense side.”
In an interview with MSNBC, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (pictured below) also said Trump’s proposal for cuts would be “dead on arrival” in…