Democrats have been in shock since the White House put a freeze on all foreign aid spending. At least, until they had a chance to see where all the money was going.
About 4 billion dollars go flying all around the globe to who knows where, doing God knows what. Liberals screamed so loud that President Trump was forced to back down, for now.
The west wing made an announcement on Thursday that the president decided not to move forward with the plans to trim the fat out of the foreign aid budget. Critics see the administration’s attempts to do their part of the job as stepping on congressional toes. They say only Congress has the authority to monitor government spending.
Several lawmakers reached out to officials within the administration to loudly voice their complaints. Rather than bang his head on the wall, Trump backed down. He made sure to tell the world why.
“The president has been clear that there is waste and abuse in our foreign assistance and we need to be wise about where U.S money is going, which is why he asked his administration to look into options to doing just that,” one top ranking official told the press.
“It’s clear that there are many on the Hill who aren’t willing to join in curbing wasteful spending.”
Earlier this month, the administration locked up all the left over money in foreign aid accounts that didn’t get spent the way it was planned. The State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development were told they weren’t getting another dime until they could explain why the money, that was so desperately needed, managed to be left lying around collecting dust. If they didn’t spend that much, maybe they should have their budget trimmed.
According to a spokesperson for the Office of Management and Budget, there were a lot of examples of how the money which was spent went to questionable programs.
“the accounts that are being looked at include programs that many over the years have considered wasteful,” Rachel Semmel notes, “like ones that would pay for solar panels in the Caribbean, a space program in Pakistan, soccer camps in Guatemala, and foreign aid to countries that aren’t in the best interest of US foreign policy.”
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Of course, progressives are dancing in the streets. “Americans can be pleased that the Administration recognized the importance of these vital foreign assistance programs for keeping America safe and on the global playing field,” crows Liz Schrayer, president of U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.
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