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Aid Officials Sound Warning on Trump’s Proposed Cuts (Financial Times)
March 29, 2017
From the article:
Mr Trump wants to reduce or end funding to international organisations and programmes that do not directly advance US foreign policy interests and shift the focus to military spending. He also wants to decrease US contributions to the UN’s peacekeeping and core budgets on the grounds that other countries should “step up” and spend more to combat global crises.
But Jeremy Konyndyk, head of USAID’s foreign disaster assistance agency under former President Barack Obama, said the US already lags behind other wealthy countries in overseas spending.
“It’s not an ‘America First’ policy, it’s an ‘America dumb policy’,” he said. “A strong defence department without strong civilian counterparts is not a strong defence department.”