Saturday, March 30, 2019

President Trump Directs State Dept. to End Aid to 3 Central American Countries

The beat goes on.  Katie Rogers, Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Michael D. for the New York Times report that President Trump said yesterday that there would be a “very good likelihood” that he would seal off the United States border with Mexico next week, even as he moved to cut off all foreign aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. The moves escalated a sustained berating of countries he blames for being unable to stop the flow of migrants trying to make their way north.

“I will close the border if Mexico doesn’t get with it,” Mr. Trump said to reporters. “If Mexico doesn’t stop it.”

At the President's direction, the State Department began the process of informing Congress that it intended to end the foreign aid.

“No money goes there anymore,” President Trump said. “We’re giving them tremendous aid. We stopped payment.”

The State Department has issued a statement saying: “At the secretary’s instruction, we are carrying out the president’s direction and ending FY 2017 and FY 2018 foreign assistance programs for the Northern Triangle. We will be engaging Congress as part of this process.”

President Trump has threatened to close off the border and cut off aid to the three Northern Triangle countries several times before and has not followed through. 


Current Affairs | Permalink


Post a comment