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Outgoing WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin Denounces Trump Administration’s Proposed Budget Cuts For U.N. Agencies

Associated Press: U.N. food program head warns of U.S. budget cuts amid famine
“The outgoing head of the United Nations’ World Food Programme said Monday she is certain the U.S. Congress will reject the Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts for U.N. aid agencies, saying ‘No one in America believes that “America First” means that other people must die.’ Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, whose friendship with former President Barack Obama predated his presidency, on Tuesday winds up five years of leading the world’s largest anti-hunger humanitarian organization. The Trump administration tapped former South Carolina Gov. David Beasley to replace her, and U.N. officials appointed him last week…” (Winfield, 4/4).

The Hill: U.N. World Food Programme head rips Trump budget
“…Cousin said she hopes Trump’s administration ‘will recognize that the security of the United States is directly related’ to ensuring food security and development opportunities for the world’s poor people. ‘The policies of the Obama administration will reflect that they “got” that,’ she said. ‘The policies of the Trump administration would suggest that they don’t believe that that is the case’…” (Hensch, 4/3).

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