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Germany says Trump military spending won't guarantee peace

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/04/2017
Germany's Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Mueller makes an address at a hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Tuesday, April 4, 2017. While announcing Tuesday what he called a "Marshall Plan with Africa" focused on improving economic growth, security and rule of law, Mueller said the United States' plan to spend more on its military won't guarantee peace and criticised the Trump administration's proposed cuts to foreign aid. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene) © The Associated Press Germany's Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Mueller makes an address at a hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Tuesday, April 4, 2017. While announcing Tuesday what he called a "Marshall Plan with Africa" focused on improving economic growth, security and rule of law, Mueller said the United States' plan to spend more on its military won't guarantee peace and criticised the Trump administration's proposed cuts to foreign aid. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Germany says the United States' plan to spend more on its military won't guarantee peace and it criticizes the Trump administration's proposed cuts to foreign aid.

Germany's development minister, Gerd Mueller, spoke Tuesday while announcing what he called a "Marshall Plan with Africa" focused on improving economic growth, security and rule of law.

Diplomats applauded as Mueller said that "anyone who pretends that more military is the answer will see that he will not be getting more peace."

President Donald Trump's proposed budget seeks a $54 billion boost for the military and deep cuts of roughly 31 percent for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development.

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