Clinton speaks out on Trump’s budget proposal


Hillary Clinton heavily criticized President Trump’s 2018 federal budget plan on Tuesday, contending that the proposal reached “an unimaginable level of cruelty.”

Clinton’s derogatory remarks came Tuesday night during her keynote address at the Children’s Health Fund Annual Benefit just hours after the Trump administration revealed details of the proposal.

“This administration is mounting an onslaught against the needs of children, people with disabilities, women and seniors,” Clinton said.

“Poverty is neither a crime, nor a character flaw. Stigmatize those who let people die, not those who struggle to live,” Clinton said, quoting from an essay in the book “The View from Flyover Country.”

Trump’s 2018 budget plan proposes $1.4 trillion in cuts to Medicaid over the next decade and $1.5 trillion in non-defense discretionary cuts. It also aims to slash $274 billion from anti-poverty programs, including $193 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly referred to as food stamps.

The plan also trims the budget for Social Security Disability Insurance, but does not cut Social Security programs.

After remaining somewhat quiet following the 2016 election, Clinton has reemerged as an outspoken critic of Trump. In March, she derided Trump’s initial budget plan for its cuts to the State Department.

“This administration’s proposed cuts to international health, development, and diplomacy would be a blow to women and children and a grave mistake to our country,” Clinton said.

In another derision of the Trump administration, Clinton said in April that she was “pretty worried” as an American. In May, Clinton announced the establishment of a new political action organization, Onward Together, which will raise funds for five prominent progressive groups.

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