Total Humanitarian Aid to the 3 Countries in 2017 Less Than Taxpayers Have Spent on Trump’s Golfing Trips
Just days after Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen signed a “historic” agreement with Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador to combat illegal immigration into the United States, President Donald Trump has announced he is cutting all foreign humanitarian aid to those three countries.
Citing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the State Dept. on Saturday announced, “we are carrying out the President’s direction and ending FY 2017 and FY 2018 foreign assistance programs for the Northern Triangle,” the statement said, as The Hill reported. “We will be engaging Congress as part of this process.”
It appears there are divergent forces at work within the U.S. government.
“I would like to extend my profound gratitude to our Central American allies Honduras, Guatemala & El Salvador,” Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen said via Twitter on Thursday, “for their commitment to our common cause of secure borders & more orderly migration flows.”
Hours earlier on Thursday, apparently unaware that the DHS Security was in the Honduran capitol working on an agreement, Trump had tweeted: “Mexico is doing NOTHING to help stop the flow of illegal immigrants to our Country. They are all talk and no action. Likewise, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador have taken our money for years, and do Nothing. The Dems don’t care, such BAD laws. May close the Southern Border!”
On Friday, ignoring the “historic” agreement Sec. Nielsen had signed with the three Central American nations, Trump, from Mar-a-Lago said, “We were paying them tremendous amounts of money. And we’re not paying them anymore. Because they haven’t done a thing for us. They set up these caravans,” CNN reports the President charged.
“That is just stupid. Ham-handed. Short-sighted. It is not going to create less immigrants…We have to understand that these countries are our neighbors” @ananavarro says as State Dept. tells CNN it’s cutting off aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras https://t.co/SglVURLO0o pic.twitter.com/48eDNJX8N5
— CNN (@CNN) March 30, 2019
The amount of U.S. foreign aid to the three nations is a paltry sum.
According to the federal government’s own USAID website, total aid from the U.S. to Guatemala was just $257 million. The current projection for U.S. aid to Guatemala is just $67 million.
Honduras in 2017 received a mere $181 million. The current projection for 2018 is only $31 million.
El Salvator received even less, just $118 million, with the 2018 projection coming in at $46 million.
In total, the U.S. gave those three countries just $556 million.
To put that in terms the President can understand, as of today President Trump has spent 176 days at s Trump golf course. While the costs for his trips to his New Jersey golf course, Bedminster, are not known, last month the Government Accountability Office, an official federal government agency, revealed each of Trump’s trips to Mar-a-Lago cost taxpayers $3.4 million.
176 golf club trips at that rate would total $598 million – far less than what the American taxpayers are spending to support the President’s lavish golf outings.
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Trump Loots Millions From FEMA to Send Migrants Back to Mexico – Just as Hurricane Season Starts
The Trump administration is taking millions of dollars from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Disaster Relief Fund and rerouting the monies to strengthen its migrant operations and build more temporary hearing locations for asylum-seekers in Mexico, literally hours before a hurricane is expected to hit land in Puerto Rico, and later, in Florida.
$271 million will be pulled from the Dept. of Homeland Security, including $155 million directly from FEMA’s operations, CNN adds, “to support its policy of returning some migrants to Mexico.”
“Combined with existing space, the funding would allow ICE to detain nearly 50,000 immigrants at one time,” NBC News reports. “ICE would gain $155 million, all from FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund.”
Homeland Security “will lose $116 million previously allocated for Coast Guard operations, aviation security and other components in order to fund nearly 6,800 more beds for immigrant detainees,”
Earlier Tuesday afternoon President Trump tweeted an attempt to deny Puerto Rico emergency funds while blaming the U.S territory for sitting in the path of tropical storms and hurricanes and lying about funding he claimed they have already received.
2975 people in Puerto Rico died during and after 2017’s Hurricane Maria, thanks in part to the Trump administration’s botched operations and lack of concern.
Trump’s Fabricated China Phone Call Is ‘A Serious Escalation of His Lying’ Which Bodes Ill for America: Reporter
On Monday, President Donald Trump was once again busted in a lie after claiming the government of China called him and asked to restart talks over his disastrous trade war.
But this seems more egregious than a typical Trump lie, wrote CNN contributor Garrett Graff — as an attempt to mislead world powers about the state of international diplomacy, it could have serious consequences for America’s ability to conduct discussions of any sort, especially in an international crisis situation:
It kind of seems like a big deal that Donald Trump is just *inventing* phone calls with a key foreign adversary. If this is true, this seems a serious escalation of his lying—and bodes poorly for a future crisis. https://t.co/TgKQxHEas2
— Garrett M. Graff (@vermontgmg) August 26, 2019
Trump’s tariff hikes on Chinese goods in 2018 alone cost consumers $32 billion, threatening jobs and economic activity across the country. But there is no sign China is interested in negotiating for a deal to end the standoff.
Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has suggested that China doesn’t even need to negotiate with the United States — they may decide to just step back, let Trump’s tariffs ruin his own economy, and negotiate with the next administration when people vote Trump out over the losses.
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With host Bill Maher asking how the Trump will conduct himself, Heitkamp immediately went into a very recognizable arms-crossed pout, which caused the audience to burst into laughter.
After the two posed as Trump and German leader Angela Merkel from the last get together, Heitkamp had a few things to say about the president.
“Pouting, the president will pout,” she smirked. “Because people don’t like him. and he knows they don’t like him. And when people don’t like him, he pouts.”
“It’s embarrassing, it’s not just ridiculous,” she added. “And it’s dangerous, it’s dangerous with everything that is going on.”
Host Maher added, “He shouldn’t even go, he doesn’t even want to be there.”
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