WFP Hopes U.S. Aid To Organization Continues Under Trump Administration, Executive Director Says
Agence France-Presse/Rappler: U.N. food agency hopes for continued U.S. funding
“The head of the World Food Programme (WFP) said she was hopeful of continued U.S. funding for the organization, despite reports that Washington was mulling heavy cuts in financial support. Foreign Policy magazine reported on Thursday, January 26, it had seen an executive order from President Donald Trump’s administration that proposed cuts of 40 percent in voluntary U.S. funding for U.N. agencies, including the WFP and UNICEF. … [WFP Executive Director Ertharin] Cousin told AFP late on Thursday: ‘The U.S. has been the largest donor to WFP for over 50 years. Our hope is that this organization, which serves humanity around the globe and ensures that children don’t go hungry, that has benefited from support on the Republican as well as the Democratic side of the house, can continue to depend upon receiving the financial assistance that’s necessary’…” (1/27).