March 31, 2017 1:56 PM EDT

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday honored the role of women in global politics and implored the Trump Administration not to retreat from making the U.S. a leader “on behalf of peace in the world.”

“This Administration’s proposed cuts to international health, development and diplomacy would be a blow to women and children and a grave mistake for our country,” she said in her remarks at the award ceremony hosted by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.

“We have to ask, will we be left behind or will we continue to lead the way?” Clinton added. “I hope the answer is that we will do whatever it takes to make our country and the world stronger and more secure.”

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