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Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017. 10:39 am CST.

Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017. 10:38 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: U.S. President Donald Trump, on Tuesday, proposed a budget which seeks to cut government spending by some $3.6 trillion over the next decade with drastic cuts in spending and aid for most federal departments including the State Department, which provides aid to Mexico and much of Central America.It is believed, however, that Trump’s budget in its current form is unlikely to get legislative approval but Trump has been insistent on his intent to cut US spending abroad. During his presidential campaign, Trump attacked Mexico, threatening to rip up the North American Free Trade Agreement, build a Mexico-funded southern border wall and ramp up deportations of those living without documents in the United States.

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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