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U.S. Humanitarian Aid Investments Prevent Global Destabilization

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“Donald Trump seems to think that every problem has a military solution. But it was military and national security experts who gave the most full-throated defense of the foreign aid budget, which he’s now seeking to slash by more than a quarter. … [The U.S. has] a long bipartisan tradition of humanitarian aid. It’s a way to broadcast American values. … It’s how we contained Ebola, SARS, and Zika before they got to our shores. And slashing the funds that help poor countries build up their resiliency to emergencies and the effects of climate change will only worsen crises in the future. It’s not just about human suffering; it’s about preventing worldwide destabilization. … Those charged with protecting our country constantly defend the foreign aid budget — most recently in a letter by 120 retired three and four-star generals and admirals to Trump — because they know this is an investment that pays back. If only he would listen” (3/25).

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