Trump Nixes Pentagon Plan To Slash Billions From Military Health Care
"A proposal by Pentagon officials to slash Military Healthcare by $2.2 billion dollars has been firmly and totally rejected by me," President Donald Trump tweeted, after the plan was reported by Politico.
Trump Rejects Pentagon's Proposed Cuts To Military Health Care
President Donald Trump on Monday said he had rejected a proposal working its way through the Pentagon to cut military health services by $2.2 billion as part of an overall spending review. "A proposal by Pentagon officials to slash Military Healthcare by $2.2 billion dollars has been firmly and totally rejected by me," Trump tweeted on Monday night. "We will do nothing to hurt our great Military professionals & heroes as long as I am your President. Thank you!" (Diamond and Seligman, 8/17)
Trump Says He Has Rejected Pentagon Proposal To Slash Military Health Care
The Pentagon did not immediately return a request for comment. Under the proposal, the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness would need to save $2.2 billion in military health, a number officials settled on after months of discussions during the cost-cutting review, a defense official told Politico. (Coleman, 8/17)
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