For­eign aid pays div­i­dends

The Washington Times Daily - - EDITORIAL -

Through­out his cam­paign Don­ald Trump said the United States spends too much money help­ing other coun­tries, and he vowed to change that. Bud­get di­rec­tor Mick Mul­vaney re­it­er­ated that stance in a St. Pa­trick’s Day presser. But how much do we re­ally spend on for­eign aid?

Last fall, Secretary of State John Kerry said, “Sur­veys show that many of our cit­i­zens think we de­vote a full quar­ter or even a third of our fed­eral bud­get to for­eign aid.” How­ever, the real per­cent­age isn’t in the dou­ble dig­its. It’s not even one per­cent. Ac­cord­ing to the Com­mit­tee for a Re­spon­si­ble Bud­get the U.S spends 0.7 per­cent of its cof­fers on for­eign aid, coming at a time where there is a refugee cri­sis in the Mid­dle East and a hunger cri­sis in Africa.

Last month, Stephen O’Brien, U.N. un­der secretary-gen­eral for hu­man­i­tar­ian af­fairs, said, “Al­ready, at the be­gin­ning of the year we are fac­ing the largest hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis since the cre­ation of the United Na­tions.” Many of the pres­i­dent’s sup­port­ers be­lieve that help­ing other coun­tries pro­vides no ben­e­fit for the United States. How­ever, his­tory has shown the op­po­site. Sev­eral coun­tries that once re­ceived for­eign aid are now trade part­ners with us. Re­ceiv­ing aid has also been shown to re­duce vi­o­lence and ter­ror­ism in de­vel­op­ing na­tions. Sen. Lind­say Gra­ham has called for­eign aid an “in­surance pol­icy” that makes Americans safer.

Maybe in or­der to truly make Amer­ica great again, the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion should lend more of a help­ing hand.

ABDURAHMAN GAILDON Wood­bury, Minn.

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