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News Outlets Examine Possible Tracks For Foreign Aid, Global Health Spending Under Trump Administration

BBC News: Will Trump embrace the funding of overseas aid?
“America is the biggest single donor of overseas aid in the world. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) spent $31bn (£25bn) last year. But like other areas of foreign policy, we can only speculate what a Trump administration will do. Donald Trump’s pronouncements so far on international aid are what you might expect from a proponent of the ‘America First’ world view. … Many Republicans on Capitol Hill may not like the idea of government largesse, but they will be the first to acknowledge that overseas aid makes up less than one percent of the federal budget. The religious right, too, remains very supportive of humanitarian spending — particularly in global health…” (Grimley, 12/20).

New York Times: Trump Administration Puts the U.S. at a Crossroad for Global Health Aid
“The United States is the pillar of global health aid, donating billions of dollars annually — more than any other country — to fighting disease in the world’s poorest countries. But even as the faltering battles against AIDS, tuberculosis, and other diseases hang in the balance, advocates for the poor, health experts, and government officials admit that they have no idea what direction the incoming Trump administration is going to take. President-elect Donald J. Trump has almost never addressed the issue, and many of the leadership posts central to the global health mission, such as the United States Agency for International Development and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are still in the hands of Obama administration appointees…” (McNeil, 12/19).

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