Aid Groups Warn of 'Untold Suffering for Millions' as Trump Weighs Billions in Cuts to UN Humanitarian Programs
September 12, 2020 | News | No Comments
President Donald Trump is reportedly planning to request $4.3 billion in cuts to United Nations humanitarian programs and other foreign aid initiatives, a move advocacy groups warned would have “devastating” consequences for millions of people around the world.
Roll Call reported that the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) sent the proposal to the State Department for review on Thursday.
According to Politico, which cited an anonymous administration official, the cuts Trump is preparing to send to Congress for approval include:
- $787 million from U.N. global peacekeeping initiatives;
- $522 million from core U.N. funding; and
- $364 million from U.N. humanitarian programs.
Jordie Hannum, executive director of the Better World Campaign, an advocacy group that works to foster a stronger relationship between the U.S. and U.N., said the Trump administration’s potential cuts to peacekeeping missions would make the world less safe and harm millions of people.
“They’d be sabotaging these missions,” Hannum said, “and ensuring untold suffering for millions of innocent civilians who rely on the missions for protection.”
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