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Mon Jun 17, 2019, 02:36 PM

U.S. to withhold hundreds of millions in Central America aid

Source: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trumpís administration announced on Monday plans to permanently divert hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, after Trump blasted the three countries because thousands of their citizens had sought asylum at the U.S. border with Mexico.

Congressional aides said the administration told them it would reallocate $370 million in aid to Central America that lawmakers had approved for fiscal 2018, and suspend an additional $180 million Congress had approved for fiscal 2017.

All of the money for those years has not yet been spent.

The plan was likely to run into stiff opposition in Congress. Many lawmakers, including some of Trumpís fellow Republicans as well as Democrats, have chafed against the presidentís repeated decisions to disregard spending bills passed by Congress, some of which he has signed into law himself.

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WORLD NEWS JUNE 17, 2019 / 2:01 PM / UPDATED 17 MINUTES AGO


Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-trump/u-s-to-withhold-hundreds-of-millions-in-central-america-aid-idUSKCN1TI2C7

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Reply U.S. to withhold hundreds of millions in Central America aid (Original post)
Eugene Jun 17 OP
mac56 Jun 17 #1
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Jun 17 #2
iluvtennis Jun 17 #3
Gregory Peccary Jun 17 #11
Rebl2 Jun 17 #15
Pantagruel Jun 17 #4
ashredux Jun 17 #5
sop Jun 17 #6
ancianita Jun 17 #7
Achilleaze Jun 17 #8
Flaleftist Jun 17 #9
cannabis_flower Jun 17 #10
TryLogic Jun 17 #12
patphil Jun 17 #13
customerserviceguy Jun 17 #14
amcgrath Jun 17 #16

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 02:37 PM

1. That'll show 'em.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 02:38 PM

2. Trump is a fucking idiot

This will assure more people flee those countries.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Reply #2)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 02:46 PM

3. + agree

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Reply #2)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 03:32 PM

11. I think increased fleeing is actually what Trump wants

The bigger the crisis, the more he can rile up the base in 2020.

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Response to Gregory Peccary (Reply #11)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 08:19 PM

15. Exactly

He wants more people fleeing to our country so he can use it for political gain, and like you say rile up his base.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 02:47 PM

4. Making economies worse in Central America

by withholding aid will exacerbate the causes of migrants going North. Maybe that's what Trump wants---no crisis less support for a dumb wall?

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 02:47 PM

5. Well...that is bound to work. Not

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 03:06 PM

6. Trump has spent over $100M so far for golf outings during his first 30 months in office

At that rate, the $370M cut in Central American aid for 2018 will just about pay for his hobby by the end of his second term (God forbid!). Hey, sacrifices have to be made.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 03:10 PM

7. The U.S. is the WORST neighbor in all the Americas.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 03:14 PM

8. Pissing on the poor. How republican is that?

Totally republican. Totally unChristian.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 03:22 PM

9. Are they supposed to force their citizens to stay within their borders at gunpoint, or what?

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 03:30 PM

10. From the State Department Travel Advisory

Local police and emergency services lack sufficient resources to respond effectively to serious crime.

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/honduras-travel-advisory.html

All that's going to do is make more people leave. I read somewhere that the police often don't have gas to get to crime scenes.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 03:43 PM

12. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 04:18 PM

13. This is being done deliberately

to keep the turmoil high in those countries and keep the flow of refugees high so as to fuel the whole immigration crisis BS at out border that the Republicans need to keep the fear level high and thus get more votes for their anti-immigration candidates in 2020.
They're using human misery as a tool in their election campaign.

This is not only inhumane, but both un-christian and un-american.

Patrick Phillips

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 06:46 PM

14. How do we know

that most all of that money doesn't wind up in the hands of drug lords and/or corrupt politicians?

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Jun 17, 2019, 09:09 PM

16. Trump has no idea

what foreign aid is, what it does and what it achieves.

It goes on some very shady things, such as easing the way for US companies going in to mine or drill, but you'd be surprised how much foreign aid goes to the states. Some fairly directly - like foreign aid to a country that wants to buy armaments, jet fighters etc. The foreign aid money goes to Boeing/Lockeheed/whoever, that country is now tied in with buying parts snd systems from that manufacturer, - the "aid" is also given in the form of a loan, putting that country in debt and making it beholden to the USA - should they try and use them against an ally of the US, they'll find they can't get parts for them.

Another typical way of gaming the system are "projects" - an American company - maybe with friends in the White House gets greenlghted to pay a hydro-electic dam in a "less developed" country that is desperately in need of some infrastructure, the US company builds an expensive dam and pockets the money - the labor is local, so cheap if not free. The country is then on the hook to repay the loan, as well as may the US company for parts and expensive maintenance contracts. The US company states that it was an overseas project, and thus dodges taxes.

in many cases, a dictator or military in those countries may require bribes and so prices tend to get inflated to cover for it. A country may end up with a five million dollar dam, that cost 2.5 to build, costs a million a year to maintain, and is only built to act for ten years, then they pay interest and a small country can very quickly find itself in massive debt.

Foreign aid can - and does - some very good things, but what Trump seems to be missing, is that a lot of his donors actually rely on the dirtier side of "foreign aid" to keep their profits flowing.

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