African Military Leaders, Foreign Policy Experts Question Trump Administration’s Approach To Humanitarian Aid, Defense Spending On Continent
New York Times: White House Pushes Military Might Over Humanitarian Aid in Africa
“…If Congress passes Mr. Trump’s proposed … budget for the 2018 fiscal year … the United States will spend more money on military affairs in Africa but reduce humanitarian and development assistance across the continent. … Even some of the money still in the Trump proposal would shift to security areas from humanitarian and development, foreign policy experts say. … The Trump administration has proposed slashing programs that buy antiretroviral drugs for people who are infected with HIV … Researchers say the cuts could lead to the deaths of at least one million people in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere. Over all, Mr. Trump’s budget submission would reduce State Department funding by roughly a third…” (Cooper, 6/25).