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Officials Growing Worried that Trump Administration Could Cut Foreign Aid Funding

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Published on: January 16, 2017

Some officials at the State Department are worried about how the incoming Trump administration may handle foreign aid, particularly in Africa.

A recent list of questions from the Trump transition team to officials within the State Department seem to suggest that the Trump team views our massive amounts of foreign aid as a losing proposition. The four-page long list of questions about Africa-related issues is worrying Africa specialists who believe that the tone of the questions means that the Trump team might cut a healthy portion of the funding and relief efforts currently being spent in Africa.

Questions like; “With so much corruption in Africa, how much of our funding is stolen? Why should we spend these funds on Africa when we are suffering here in the U.S.?” And, “We’ve been fighting al-Shabaab (Somalian Islamic terrorists) for a decade, why haven’t we won?”

The list of questions is not actually an official position about how the Trump team will be handling foreign aid funding, but instead is simply and effort by the incoming administration to prepare for any eventuality that they will be faced with on day one in the White House. In fact, while the tone worries some, the questions themselves are perfectly normal and are reasonable pieces of information that the administration should have access to.

“Many of the questions that they are asking are the right questions that any incoming administration should ask,” said Monde Muyangwa, the director of the Africa program at the Woodrow Wilson Institute.

But she also noted that “the framing of some of their questions suggests a narrower definition of U.S. interests in Africa, and a more transactional and short-term approach to policy and engagement with African countries.”

Ms. Muyangwa said the queries could signal “a dramatic turn in how the United States will engage with the continent.”

The fears expose the overtly liberal bias that courses throughout our federal government. Instead of a bureaucracy that seeks first the good of the American nation and people, we have a system that is constantly looking for more money (our money) and new ways to spend that money. Instead of looking for ways to cut waste, to return the money to the people and to make our government work more efficiently… the only consideration seems to be “how can I get more money for my department and our personal pet projects?” This is yet another example of the bloated and corrupt way that our inefficient and wasteful government machine operates.

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