Sanders On Using Defense Budget for Exchange Programs: ‘Bring Farmers From Turkey to Farmers in Iowa’

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) said in a recent interview that Congress should allocate part of the U.S. military budget to foreign exchange programs, suggesting that bringing farmers from Turkey to farmers in Iowa could be an effective form of American foreign policy.

Wells then noted how Sanders mentioned an amendment he had offered that would have required one tenth of one per cent of the defense budget "to support exchange programs to bring foreign teenagers to the U.S. and send American kids abroad." Sanders recalled a program he oversaw as the mayor of Burlington, Vt., in the 1980s, in which kids from his city went to the Soviet city of Yaroslavl, and Russian children went to Burlington.