Trump Administration’s Talk Of Reallocating Foreign Aid Funding For Border Wall Represents ‘Worrisome Trend’

Washington Post: Will Trump go after foreign aid to pay for his border wall?
Josh Rogin, columnist at the Washington Post

“It’s bad enough that the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) are victims of the government shutdown, given that America’s diplomats are currently in great demand. Now, President Trump and other top officials are singling out foreign aid funding and arguing that money would be better spent on the southern border. If Trump tries to redirect foreign aid funding to build his wall, he would be undermining security both at home and abroad. … [T]he fact that Trump is suggesting foreign aid money would be better spent on the wall has the foreign aid community worried. Such a scheme would exacerbate the problems in foreign countries that form the root causes of the migration problem, said Liz Schrayer, president and chief executive of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition … Even if Trump doesn’t actually try to reallocate State Department and USAID money to fund the wall, invoking border security to undermine support for development and foreign assistance funding is a worrisome trend. Pitting the safety of Americans against the stability and prosperity of people in other countries is a false choice. The latter bolsters the former…” (1/10).

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