Tuesday’s proposal foresees 2018 Mexican aid of $87.66 million, down more than 45 percent from the 2016 outlay.
The budget proposes scrapping most U.S. money for the Mexican military, along with counter-terrorism funds and some governance programs. Narcotics and law enforcement spending, some of which Belize also benefits from, would fall from $100 million in 2016 to $60 million.
In Guatemala, U.S. aid would drop almost 40 percent from 2016, to $80.66 million, while in Honduras and El Salvador it would fall nearly a third.
U.S. officials, however, stressed the cuts would not prevent them from tackling their regional objectives.
“That is a reduction. However it really prioritizes our programs that focus on disrupting the activities of transnational criminal organizations, strengthening border security and combating corruption … we’re going to continue addressing those root causes as part of our Central America strategy,” an official said.
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