State Department to Assess Funding, After White House Abandons Fight Over US Foreign Assistance
The State Department says it will assess its programming and redirect all funding on foreign aid, after U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned plans to cut $4 billion in spending on the grounds that it was wasteful and unnecessary.“As part of this discussion, we agreed to continue to assess our programming and redirect all funding that does not directly support our priorities,” said a State Department spokesperson on Friday.“This effort will ensure every foreign assistance program funded by U.S. taxpayers is both effective and supports our foreign policy priorities,” added the spokesperson. One of the programs under assessment is U.S. foreign assistance to the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The State Department said those nations are not taking concrete actions to reduce the number of illegal migrants coming to the U.S. border. Trump had considered cutting the spending on grounds that it was wasteful and unnecessary, but retreated when it became apparent that some key lawmakers were opposed.The Trump Administration officials briefly suspended State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development spending, eyeing a budget process known as "rescission" to cut up to $4.3 billion in spending already authorized and appropriated by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.FILE - A man walks past boxes of USAID humanitarian aid at a warehouse at the Tienditas International Bridge on the outskirts of Cucuta, Colombia, Feb. 21, 2019, on the border with Venezuela.“The president has been clear that there is waste and abuse in our foreign assistance, and we need to be wise about where U.S. money is going," a senior White House official told VOA. "Which is why he asked his administration to look into options to doing just that."But after both Republican and Democratic lawmakers objected to the White House effort to freeze the foreign aid already approved... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, State Department to Assess Funding, After White House Abandons Fight Over US Foreign Assistance, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you
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