In SOTU, U.S. President Trump Calls For Restricting Foreign Aid To ‘America’s Friends’

Devex: In State of the Union, Trump unearths old U.S. aid restrictions
“U.S. foreign aid did not garner much attention in President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union speech. But after hearing Trump’s brief remarks on assistance spending, development advocates might have preferred if he skipped over the issue entirely. While few expected Trump to champion major new initiatives in his first such address, they also hoped the president might steer clear of inflicting any more pressure on U.S. global development efforts than his proposals to slash funding already have. Instead the president resurfaced a proposal endorsed by members of the Tea Party to limit U.S. aid to ‘America’s friends’ — presumably countries that vote with the U.S. at the United Nations…” (Igoe, 1/31).

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