Hillary Clinton warned Friday that President Trump's proposed government spending cuts would be detrimental to women and suggested that they would hurt USA national security.
In February, more than 120 retired generals and admirals signed a letter urging Congress to block the State Department and USAID reductions, saying the agencies help save the military from fighting wars. She also challenged several of the conventions the Trump administration- particularly counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway- have been promoting."Women are not inherently more peaceful than men", asserted Clinton, who gained a hawkish reputation during her time as a leading diplomat.
Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton speaks at an awards ceremony honoring women and their role in global politics and peace building efforts hosted by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security in Washington, U.S., March 31, 2017.
Clinton, also the State Department's top diplomat during the Obama administration, was speaking at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, which presents an annual award in Clinton's name to women who have advocated for peaceful solutions.
She said that evidence shows that peace deals made by women last longer, and added, "Here I go again reading out research and facts". Clinton never mentioned Trump by name, nor did she allude to her devastating 2016 defeat.
Hillary Clinton may not be residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but that hasn't stopped the former Democratic nominee/Secretary of State/Senator/First Lady from using her voice and reminding us all that Donald Trump is temporary.
Clinton said when women are included in peace negotiations, coalitions are more likely to be brought together and the deals that emerge are less likely to fail.
The White House on March 16 released what it called a blueprint for the 2018 fiscal year budget, outlining how it would like to see government spending doled out. The two sides signed a peace deal a year ago to end the conflict, which lasted for decades and led to the deaths of more than 220,000 people and forced millions of others from their homes.
"What I was very pleased by and excited to know is how the USA military also recognizes the role of women in peace and security ..." At the end she promised she would be making herself more visible and talking about issues in the weeks to come.
Clinton's subtle shade at Trump seems to be a response to the Trump transition team's instruction to the State Department to turn over all information related to "gender-related staffing, programming, and funding".