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  • President of Bolivia Evo Morales.

    President of Bolivia Evo Morales. | Photo: AFP

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill setting a record of US$696 billion in military spending.

President Evo Morales of Bolivia slammed President Donald Trump's military budget asking, "Why doesn't Trump focus his military budget on fighting hunger and poverty inside and outside of the U.S.?"

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Referring to Trump's request for an increase in the U.S. military budget, Evo stated that the "imperialist countries" should allocate their budgets to repair the damages they have caused to the peoples of the world and Mother Earth.

The head of state added that the president of the United States "calls for increasing the military budget to intervene and plunder countries in the name of freedom, bringing death and misery to the people."

"Why doesn't Trump focus his military budget on fighting hunger and poverty inside and outside of the U.S.?​​​​​"

"The imperialist countries should allocate their budget to repair all the damage they caused to the peoples and Mother Earth. "

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act Friday, setting a record of US$696 billion in military spending, more than President Donald Trump asked for.

Trump’s initial budget requested US$603 billion. However, house members generously gave an extra almost US$100 billion as a first step towards the military’s revamping.

The increased budget spending breaks the boundaries instated by the 2011 Budget Control Act by around US$72 billion, allotting US$65 billion to overseas war spending and US$631.6 billion in defense spending.

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