US Congress and development community speak out against spending cuts to Central America
The US development community joined members of Congress is voicing opposition to President Trump's attempts to cut foreign assistance to Central American countries. The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN), a coalition of development organizations, issued a statement opposing the cuts as counterproductive to the administration's own goals. According to the statement, "transparency, ownership, and accountability are the hallmarks of sustainable assistance and essential to self-reliance," and the sudden withdrawal of foreign assistance to the region "subverts the administration’s own efforts to champion effective foreign assistance". Members of Congress as well as other organizations issued similar warnings of the effect of the administration's efforts to withdraw already appropriated funding.