Tillerson Defends Deep Budget Cuts, Expected Staff Reductions

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was on Capitol Hill Tuesday, defending deep cuts to the proposed 2018 State Department budget and explaining how the department is handling expected job losses and slashes to foreign aid.

Tillerson told the Senate Foreign Relations committee the Department’s proposed budget of $37.6 billion, a reduction of close to 30 percent from the 2017 budget, and which includes the State Department, along with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), “aligns with the Administration’s objective of making America’s security our top priority.”

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