Cutting foreign aid to help balance the budget is a ruse



August 27, 2019 - 10:52 AM

President Donald Trump talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a cabinet meeting at the White House on July 16.

Isolationists and ultra-conservatives thought they had scored a victory last week when President Trump initially agreed to cut U.S. foreign aid. Though the proposed $4 billion is less than one-tenth of one percent of the federal budget, White House acting budget director Russ Vought and acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told the president international aid is little more than wasteful spending.

Yes, our national debt promises to cripple future generations. But no, such cuts do nothing to address that problem.

FROM THE GET-GO, the measure to rescind the budget line item carried hints of deceit.

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