President Trump opposes reported plan to cut military health care costs by $2.2 billion

The president on Monday evening tweeted about his position on the subject

President Trump on August 17, 2020
President Trump on August 17, 2020
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Updated: August 17, 2020 - 11:06pm

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President Trump on Monday night slapped down the idea of cutting military health care costs to the tune of $2.2 billion, an idea news reports say has been considered by Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

"A proposal by Pentagon officials to slash Military Healthcare by $2.2 billion dollars has been firmly and totally rejected by me," Trump tweeted. "We will do nothing to hurt our great Military professionals & heroes as long as I am your President. Thank you!"

Politico on Sunday reported about cost cutting idea: "The proposed cut to the military health system over the next five years is part of a sweeping effort Esper initiated last year to eliminate inefficiencies within the Pentagon’s coffers," the outlet noted.


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