Trump Plans to Cut Global Foreign Aid – but Increase Aid to Palestinians, Report

Internal State Department budget plan published by Foreign Policy magazine shows cutting aid to Egypt by 47.4% and a 21% cut in foreign aid to Jordan.

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Foreign Policy magazine published Monday 15-page State Department document regarding the major cuts, more than a third of the U.S. foreign aid across the world. But the document show that President Trump administration is preparing to actually increase USAID to Palestinian territories in the West Bank and Gaza, Haaretz reported on Monday,

The documents show major cuts in foreign aid to numerous countries in all continents, but a small rise of 4.6% in foreign aid to the West Bank and Gaza, which would go up to $215 million for the 2018 fiscal year.

According to the documents, other countries in the Middle East that would see increased aid spending are Syria, Iraq and Libya, which will all see hundreds of millions of dollars invested should the budget proposal gets approved.

All other countries in the Middle East that appear in the document, however, will suffer severe cuts in aid.

Aid to the PA has been cut and restored by Washington several times in recent years. Most recently, in the final hours of his administration, former President Barack Obama defied Republican opposition and quietly released $221 million to the PA.

Haaretz also reported that the document proposes a 47.4% cut to Egypt’s aid, and a 21% cut in foreign aid to Jordan.

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