Tillerson: “History has shown that the United States leaves a footprint of freedom wherever it goes”

History has shown that the United States leaves a footprint of freedom wherever it goes. Ensuring the security and prosperity of the American people and advancing our values has necessitated difficult decisions in areas of our budget. The Fiscal Year 2018 budget request includes substantial funding for many foreign assistance programs under the auspices of USAID and the State Department, but we have made hard choices to reduce funding for other initiatives. But even with the reductions in funding, we will continue to be the leader in international development, global health, democracy, and good governance initiatives, and humanitarian efforts.

— Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

FY 2018 State Department Budget Request, June 13, 2017

Note: The president’s budget proposal outlines a plan to cut up to two-thirds of USAID’s funding, discontinue up to 35 of its field missions, and merge the agency with the State Department.

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