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US Senate defies Trump by maintaining Colombia aid for 2018

Monday, September 11, 2017


Labeling Donald Trump’s proposed slash to foreign aid a “doctrine of retreat,” a powerful committee of the US Senate has unanimously rejected his attempt to cut $140 million from foreign aid to Colombia in 2018.

In a strong rebuke to the President’s approach to foreign policy, the Senate Appropriations Committee authorized $391.3 million in aid for Colombia next year, the same amount as under Barack Obama for this year. This good news for the Colombian peace process came as part of an overall recommendation to restore $10.7 billion in worldwide aid that Trump had proposed eliminating.

Source: Colombia Reports