Schumer hits Trump over budget cuts following London attack

Schumer hits Trump over budget cuts following London attack
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis Schumer4 in 5 Americans say they support net neutrality: poll GOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' Schumer to introduce bill naming Senate office building after McCain amid Trump uproar MORE (D-N.Y.) on Sunday slammed President Trump over his budget cuts to anti-terrorism programs in the wake of Saturday’s deadly terror attack in London.

Schumer in a statement argued that the United States “must do everything we can to fight” terrorism. “Rigorous vetting and tightening up wherever we have to is essential in this new world,” he said.

His comments came the day after terrorists struck London Bridge, killing at least seven and injuring scores more. 

“Amazingly, with terrorism on the rise, President Trump actually proposed cutting vital anti-terrorism funding in his budget last week,” he added.

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“He has proposed cutting anti-terrorism funds, including a 25% cut to UASI, a program that is essential to major city police departments, including New York, in their fight against terror. These proposed cuts would make us less safe.”

Schumer said Trump should “immediately abandon these proposed cuts” in light of the recent attacks in Europe.

Schumer has previously criticized cuts to the Urban Area Security Initiative, which aims to combat terror threats, introduced during former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTrump Jr.: Obama, Bush 'couldn't have done' what my father's done for the American people Decentralized identity standards can solve Facebook's problem Jam-packed primary poses a serious threat to Democrats in 2020 MORE’s tenure.