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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s appearances before important Congressional Committees this week give us some clues about where the battle lines will be drawn between the Trump Administration’s budget proposals, including an almost 30 percent reduction to the State Department, and the negotiating positions of US lawmakers keen to defend America’s role on the global stage.
Here, CGD experts Amanda Glassman, Scott Morris, and Jeremy Konyndyk weigh in on some of the key points we heard (and live tweeted) during Secretary Tillerson’s testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and, later, when he answered questions from the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs.
Senior Fellow, Director of the US Development Policy Initiative
Did we miss anything? Please have your say in the comments section below. And thanks to Gailyn Portelance and Jared Kalow, star research assistants with CGD’s US Development Policy Initiative, for being on Twitter duty.
Not only is the Trump administration supporting a $7.5 billion capital increase for the IBRD (and at that, one that is 50 percent larger than the capital increase supported by the Obama administration in 2010), it has also signed on to a policy framework for the new money that makes a good deal of sense.
International actors have criticized decisions by the Trump administration to reject the Paris Climate Accord, abandon the Trans Pacific Partnership, and withdraw from a United Nations declaration intended to protect the rights of migrants. However, there is one international body, the Paris Club, whose members may be rooting for the United States to leave. That’s because, in the absence of congressional action, continued US membership in the Paris Club could impair the economic prospects of some of the poorest countries in the world.