Hillary Clinton slams Trump’s budget proposal for ‘unimaginable cruelty’

Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks on stage at the Children's Health Fund Annual Benefit at Cipriani 42nd Street on May 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Children's Health Fund)

Somewhat lost amid all the headlines emerging from Donald Trump’s first trip overseas as U.S. president is the fact that his administration sent a $4.1 billion budget proposal for 2018 to Congress this week. Hillary Clinton, while delivering a speech in New York City on Tuesday night, came out in fierce opposition to the proposed budget, saying the plan “shows an unimaginable level of cruelty and lack of imagination and disdain for the struggles of millions of Americans, including millions of children.”

Clinton lashed out at several of the proposed cuts to entitlement programs Trump is calling for, including Medicaid, food stamps and disability payments, among others. Trump’s budget calls for $1.6 billion in funding to begin construction on his controversial border wall idea, and includes steep hikes in military spending.

“None of us can remain silent in the face of these attacks,” Clinton added. “It hurts the well-being of children. It’s time to send a resounding message that we will not stand for this attack on the most vulnerable among us.” The budget would need to be approved by both Houses of Congress in order to be put into effect by next year, and even some Republicans balked at the proposal, The New York Times reported.

Watch highlights of her remarks in the video below.

Read the full story at The Associated Press.


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