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Trump Threatens to Cut Aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49832"><span class="small">Chris Mill Rodrigo, The Hill</span></a>   
Saturday, 29 December 2018 09:30

Rodrigo writes: "President Trump on Friday threatened to cut foreign aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, accusing the Central American countries of 'doing nothing for the United States but taking our money.'"

A caravan of migrants moving north after crossing the border from Honduras into Guatemala. (photo: John Moore/Getty Images)
A caravan of migrants moving north after crossing the border from Honduras into Guatemala. (photo: John Moore/Getty Images)


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Trump Threatens to Cut Aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador

By Chris Mill Rodrigo, The Hill

29 December 18

 

resident Trump on Friday threatened to cut foreign aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador,, accusing the Central American countries of "doing nothing for the United States but taking our money."

"Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are doing nothing for the United States but taking our money," Trump tweeted.

"Word is that a new Caravan is forming in Honduras and they are doing nothing about it. We will be cutting off all aid to these 3 countries - taking advantage of U.S. for years!"

This is not the first time that Trump has threatened stop providing foreign aid to countries he says are not doing enough to stop migrant caravans from forming. In October he said that "no more money or aid will be given to Honduras" if a migrant caravan was not stopped.

Trump has made illegal immigration a key focus of his presidency. Leading up to the 2018 miderms he focused heavily on a migrant caravan moving toward the U.S. from Guatemala, labeling it as an "invasion" that would bring crime and drugs across the Southern border.

Reducing foreign aid to the countries would require congressional approval through the appropriations process, which would be unlikely with Democrats retaking the House majority in January.

The U.S. gave $180 million to Honduras, $257 million to Guatemala and $118 million to El Salvador in aid in 2017, according to data from the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Trump's threat came at the end of a string of tweets where he threatened to close the U.S.-Mexico border if he doesn't get funding for his border wall.

The president's comments come on the seventh day of a partial government shutdown with no end in sight.

The shutdown began on Saturday after Democrats rejected demands from Trump that $5 billion for the wall be included in a measure to keep the government open.

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+6 # Kootenay Coyote 2018-12-29 18:13
"Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are doing nothing for the United States but taking our money… these 3 countries - taking advantage of U.S. for years!”
Oh, sure. Would that generous USA be the same USA that albatrossed ‘these 3 countries’ with larcenous & vile dictators, & saddled them with the United Fruit Co. (now Chiquita Banana)’s equivalent larcenies, for about a century & a half? I do wonder….
 
 
+4 # Jim Young 2018-12-29 19:53
Perhaps those countries should kick every American and agents of American companies and entities out of their countries if we aren't willing to be as concerned about fair exchanges for resources taken from them without fair compensation.
 
 
+2 # elizabethblock 2018-12-30 09:21
If that money went for those countries' corrupt governments and militaries, it might be a good thing - a very good thing - to stop giving it. And it probably did. Most of US foreign aid, over the decades, has been military.