The Trump administration is mulling $4.3 billion foreign aid cuts, including $1.7 billion spending for the United Nations programs.
A White House official confirmed to Politico that the Office of Management and Budget is proposing a spending cut of about $2.3 billion to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)—an agency responsible for administering civilian foreign aid and development assistance.
The office is also projecting a $2 billion cut to the State Department through a process called rescission.
The administration is eyeing severe cuts to the United Nations, which would include $787 million for international peacekeeping activities, $522 million in core funding for the U.N. and $364 million for a range of humanitarian and human rights programs, the official said.
The proposal will be sent to Congress, which typically has 45 days to approve a presidential rescission package.
Before this expected proposal, the budget office temporarily hit pause on 10 pots of foreign aid.
In mid-June, the Trump administration announced foreign assistance cuts worth total $450 million for El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, claiming these Central American countries have done little to thwart their illegal migrants from approaching the U.S. border.
Under the “America First” strategy, the Trump administration is cutting back foreign assistance to save resources for domestic demands.
In a speech in Pennsylvania on Aug. 13, President Donald Trump complained that the United States is spending money to protect the border of South Korea, “but we don’t protect our own border.”
Despite the efforts to put “America First,” the Trump administration has received criticism from some congressmen who claimed U.S. foreign aid cuts would threaten national security and harm the relationship between the United States and the United Nations.