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Administration's Dangerous Position On Foreign Aid Will Exacerbate International Health Crises (The Hill)

January 12, 2018

From the article:

In any other week, President Trump's decision to slash military aid to Pakistan might have been a major story. But his move last Monday was hardly noticed after the volley of tweets in reaction to Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury. “The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools,” Trump wrote in his first tweet of 2018.

...President Trump's hostility to foreign aid is nothing new: As a presidential candidate, he convinced millions of American voters that politicians in Washington were wasting their hard-earned dollars overseas. Trump's rhetoric never quite matched reality, though. While it is true that the U.S. is the biggest overall contributor of international development aid, the U.S. actually spends a far smaller proportion of its economy on foreign aid than other developed nations. Scott Morris and Isaac Shapiro at the Center for Global Development estimated that the U.S. would actually need to spend $26 billion more in development aid in order to contribute its “fair share.” In order to match a country like Norway, the U.S. would need to spend six times what it does now. 

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Senior Fellow, Director of the US Development Policy Initiative