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Haley lashes out at proposed military cuts

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) -

Governor Nikki Haley is speaking out in opposition of proposed budget cuts that would shrink the number of troops in the Army to its lowest level since World War II. 

Haley says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's plan to reshape the military by reducing troops in order to adjust to smaller budgets is "a slap in the face." The proposed cuts hit particularly close to home for the governor, whose husband is in the National Guard and recently returned from a one-year deployment in Afghanistan.

Her blast of the decision came after she said President Barack Obama discussed the cuts at a bipartisan governor's meeting at the White House. 

"He basically said many people in this room have asked for cuts and now you're getting them, but you don't go after the National Guard to cut," Haley said. "We have survived through this war and survived through all of this service in protecting this country through the National Guard."

Hagel says reduced resources and a changing environment has left the government with "difficult choices" to make. But for Haley, these cuts are going after the wrong people.

"So you're going to go and now punish all these people who are asking for debt reduction by cutting the National Guard? It's just not a logical way to do things. So what we are seeing once again is heavy government," she said.

Under the proposed budget, Defense Secretary Hagel says the military would become a smaller, more tactical force that could shift to more specialized skills. 

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