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Foreign Policy Articles Examine How Trump Administration’s Proposed FY18 Budget Outline Would Affect U.N. Funding, Aid To African Nations

Foreign Policy: Trump Administration Eyes $1 Billion in Cuts to U.N. Peacekeeping
“The White House is seeking to cut $1 billion in funding for U.N. peacekeeping operations and to eliminate hundreds of millions of dollars for other U.N. programs that care for needy children and seek to lift the world’s poorest out of a life of grinding poverty, according to two diplomatic sources briefed on the plan. … The White House budget office informed State Department officials this week that the administration plans to eliminate all U.S. funding to the … International Organizations and Programs account, which provides [funding to UNICEF and the U.N. Development Programme]…” (Lynch/Hudson, 3/23).

Foreign Policy: Trump’s America First Budget Puts Africa Last
“…Sub-Saharan Africa is grappling with record levels of displacement and hunger due to conflict and drought, but President Donald Trump is proposing ‘deep cuts to foreign aid’ that would hit this continent the hardest. … Until the Trump administration submits a more detailed budget proposal in May, it’s impossible to say which programs will be hit the hardest. Given that much of the State Department and USAID budget is fixed, however, it’s their discretionary spending on development and humanitarian relief that’s likely to get the chop, according to former USAID officials. … Although the budget is unlikely to pass in its current form, it sends a powerful message to one of the world’s most aid-dependent regions that the Trump era will be anything but business as usual…” (McCormick, 3/22).

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