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Drastic cuts for State Department

Tribune Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — Ignoring warnings from diplomats and even a powerful GOP-controlled Senate committee, the Trump administration went ahead Monday with drastic cuts to the State Department and USAID, the two most important arms of American diplomacy.

The budget unveiled by the White House allots $39.3 billion for the department of about 24,000 foreign and civil service employees and the U.S. Agency for International Development — down from about $55 billion last year.

The cuts will likely jeopardize environmental, health and educational projects, as well as so-called democracy-building programs at grass-roots levels, experts said.

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