Media Outlets Examine President-Elect Trump’s Potential Development, Global Health Policies

Devex: What happens now? 5 questions about U.S. aid under Trump
“…There are two reasons for cautious — and relative — optimism among development professionals. First, Trump passed up a chance to say he would entirely eliminate U.S. foreign aid programs as part of his larger push to shed government spending and bureaucracy. … Second, the Republican Party platform — thanks to significant bipartisan outreach by aid advocates and a group of pro-development Republicans in Congress — does not dismiss the role of U.S. foreign assistance. … But there is already at least one major area of concern in development circles. Trump has a stated disregard for the threat posed by climate change…” (Igoe, 11/11).

The Guardian: U.S. aid for women’s sexual health worldwide under threat
“Hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. aid that helps prevent child and maternal deaths and reduces unintended pregnancies worldwide could be at risk under a Donald Trump administration, campaigners and think tanks have warned…” (McVeigh, 11/12).

The Guardian: Will Trump honor pledge to ‘stop sending aid to countries that hate us’?
“Concerns that Donald Trump will dramatically cut U.S. aid spending and oversee a withdrawal from global development have sent shockwaves through NGOs and others who fear what the impact of his presidency will be on the world’s largest donor of international humanitarian and development funding. … For those hoping cuts will not happen, some solace too might be had from the relative bipartisan support of development policy…” (Quinn, 11/13).

PBS NewsHour: Science and technology under a Trump presidency
“…NewsHour spoke with experts about what a Trump presidency might mean for science, climate change, technology, and health policy. Some arenas are dark — like throw-away-the-light-switch dark — but others may be less dire than his opponents might think…” (Akpan/Tiffany, 11/11).

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