US President Trump announces end to foreign assistance in Northern Triangle of Central America

In a speech in Florida, US President Donald Trump announced that he had stopped funding to three countries in the Northern Triangle of Central America: Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. The US State Department spokeswoman then said that “[at] the secretary’s instruction, we are carrying out the president’s direction and ending fiscal year (FY) 2017 and FY 2018 foreign assistance programs for the Northern Triangle.” The State Department said that it would engage with Congress on the redirection of the funds. 

Congressional supporters of aid for Central America called the move shortsighted and counterproductive, saying it would exacerbate the border issues that the assistance is designed to help, and raised the issue of whether the President could unilaterally make such funding decisions. 

News article - Politico

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