Trump to Reduce Colombia Aid; 21.1.% Cut Smaller Percentage than to Other Nations (E)
US President Donald Trump has proposed US Congress to cut economic aid to Colombia by 21.1% from $133 million to $105 million, according to Foreign Policy magazine.
While this would be a sizable cut, it would be a smaller cut—in percentage terms—than every other Western Hemisphere country aside from Haiti.
It remains an open questions whether this means that Trump sees great strategic importance in Colombia’s continued development and is therefore spurning the advice of former President Alvaro Uribe‘s opposition Democratic Center party that the US cut funds for the South American country’s ongoing peace process.
While forcing Colombia to tighten its already tight fiscal belt even further, the cut does not necessarily mean there will be cuts in promised funds for Colombia’s peace process, which is still being considered by the Trump administration and Congress. Colombia Reports