Clinton knocks Trump for proposing cuts to USA diplomacy

  • Clinton knocks Trump for proposing cuts to USA diplomacy

Clinton knocks Trump for proposing cuts to USA diplomacy

Clinton was at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security on Friday to bestow an award named in her honour to Colombian leaders who helped bring an end to war in that country and elevate the role of women in the peace process.

When she took a selfie with someone she bumped into while walking in the woods outside her Chappaqua, New York home, the photograph went viral.

"We are seeing signals of a shift that should alarm us all, " Clinton, the former secretary of state, said during a speech at Georgetown University in DC.

And she took aim at Trump - without naming him - for having fewer women in Cabinet-level posts than any White House in a generation. The ceremony is held each year by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security "for exceptional leadership in recognizing the important role of women in creating a more peaceful and secure world".

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized proposed budget cuts by President Donald Trump to programs that foster worldwide diplomacy. She first made a splash in worldwide affairs even earlier, with her famous 1995 speech in Beijing declaring "women's rights are human rights", earning the then-first lady global headlines. It envisions a $50 billion-plus bump in defense spending and billions of dollars more for border security, balanced out with unprecedented cuts to domestic programs and the State Department-including slashing USA contributions to multinational organizations like the United Nations. The Trump administration's actions and statements so far have indicated this will not be a priority.

"Advancing the rights and full participation of women and girls is the great unfinished business of the 21st century", said Clinton, the first woman to be nominated for president by a major USA party. "It seems self-evident: It's not only the right and moral goal for us to be pursuing ... That belongs in the alternative reality", she said, deftly referencing Kellyanne Conway's infamous "alternative facts" statement. And it shouldn't be "a partisan issue", she added.

As she began laying out the evidence for why promoting women's rights is good foreign policy, Clinton noted that, "studies show...", and then paused for a beat. Yet, in an earlier speech in San Francisco, Clinton pointed out that the ratio of women to men employed by Trump's White House is the lowest in a generation.

Grassley's committee sent a flurry of emails to the Obama-era State Department asking for details on Clinton and her staffers as part of its investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server for State business.

The Iowa senator also wants to know if, as a result of the FBI investigation, the State Department has started a review of the security clearances of Clinton or her aides, or if any of them have had their security clearance removed.