Obama’s food agency pick has harsh words for Trump cuts

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ROME | The out­go­ing head of the United Na­tions World Food Pro­gram said she is cer­tain the U.S. Congress will re­ject the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s pro­posed bud­get cuts for U.N. aid agen­cies, ar­gu­ing that “no one in Amer­ica be­lieves that ‘Amer­ica First’ means that other peo­ple must die.”

Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Ertharin Cousin leaves the pro­gram Tues­day af­ter a fiveyear term lead­ing the world’s largest hu­man­i­tar­ian or­ga­ni­za­tion. U.N. of­fi­cials ap­pointed for­mer South Carolina Gov. David Beasley, the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s pick, as her suc­ces­sor last week.

In a blunt in­ter­view on the eve of her de­par­ture, Ms. Cousin, an Obama ap­pointee and one­time Demo­cratic Party of­fi­cial, joined con­gres­sional Democrats and Repub­li­cans in re­ject­ing the pro­posed cuts.

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