Trump Ends $700 Million in Foreign Aid Payments to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala in Response to Migrant Caravans

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A Mexican minister claimed that the ‘mother of all caravans,’ with 20,000 migrants, is currently organizing for its trek to the United States. Trump is threatening Mexico that if they don’t stop the caravan, he will close the southern border. The Trump administration has cut foreign assistance to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. President Trump accused the countries refusing to help the US stop the flow of migrants and even helping to “set up” the caravans. This move and could increase the number of migrants to the US.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is cutting off aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, known collectively as the “Northern Triangle,” the State Department said on Saturday, a day after President Donald Trump blasted the Central American countries for sending migrants to the United States.

“We are carrying out the President’s direction and ending FY (fiscal year) 2017 and FY 2018 foreign assistance programs for the Northern Triangle,” a State Department spokesperson said in a statement. The department declined to provide further details.

The State Department said it would “engage Congress in the process,” an apparent acknowledgement that it will need lawmakers’ approval to end the funding.

A U.S. House Appropriations Committee aide estimated that around $700 million of aid was affected.

Democratic Representative Nita Lowey, who chairs the committee, tweeted that the move to cut aid was “immoral and more likely to deteriorate conditions that push people into the kind of poverty and despair that exacerbates migration.”

New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called Trump’s order a “reckless announcement” and urged Democrats and Republicans alike to reject it.

“U.S. foreign assistance is not charity; it advances our strategic interests and funds initiatives that protect American citizens,” Menendez said in a statement.

Trump claimed on Friday during a trip to Florida that the countries had “set up” caravans of migrants in order to export them into the United States. A surge of asylum seekers from the three countries have sought to enter the United States across its southern border in recent days.

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Additional sources:

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/03/they-havent-done-a-thing-for-us-president-trump-ends-payments-to-guatemala-el-salvador-and-nicaragua/

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/03/breaking-president-trump-threatens-to-close-southern-border-next-week-as-mother-of-all-caravans-pushes-north/

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Infuriating when countries complain and ‘do’ atrocities to the U.S.A., while collecting millions and billions of dollars in one form or another.
I agree with cutting them off. And do you really think those countries are using that money the way it was intended? $233 million each.