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President Donald Trump has scrapped a plan to freeze more than $4 billion



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President Donald Trump has scrapped a plan to freeze more than $4 billion in foreign aid. The president’s decision Thursday to forgo a “rescission” comes after another internal tug of war between the president’s budget advisers and Cabinet officials.


Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and several GOP lawmakers warned Trump the move would be detrimental to national security and to bipartisan negotiations ahead of another shutdown deadline.


“The president has been clear that there is fat in our foreign assistance and we need to be wise about where U.S money is going,” said a senior administration official. “Which is why he asked the administration to look into options to doing just that. It’s clear that there are those on the Hill who aren’t willing to join in curbing wasteful spending.”

Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi wrote a letter Friday to Mnuchin warning that the rescission package could undermine the two-year budget agreement the president signed into law earlier this month.


Republicans praised the decision to back off the cuts, deeming the fight “unwinnable,” in the words of one aide.



22nd August 2019

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