Trump’s budget cuts State Dept, keeps foreign aid to Israel, silent on other countries

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President Donald Trump’s new budget cuts deep into several agencies, including the State Department, but he is asking Congress to boost US military spending and leave $3.1 billion in foreign aid to Israel intact.

On Thursday, Trump unveiled his budget proposal for fiscal year 2018, which outlines a massive increase in military spending, while slashing funding for many other agencies and funding for foreign aid in order to “free up funding for critical priorities here at home and put America first.

The president is asking Congress to reduce funding for the Department of State and USAID by $10.1 billion, or 28 percent, while maintaining the current foreign aid levels to Israel.

The blueprint released by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) “provides $3.1 billion to meet the security assistance commitment to Israel, currently at an all-time high [sic]; ensuring that Israel has the ability to defend itself from threats and maintain its Qualitative Military Edge.

Foreign aid to Israel was previously set under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), an agreement signed by former President George W. Bush in 2007. That funding, which represents a 10-year commitment, is set to increase in 2019 after former President Barack Obama signed an MOU that will set funding to Israel at $3.8 billion.

Trump’s budget says he is looking to “prioritize the security and well-being of Americans, and to ask the rest of the world to step up and pay its fair share.

Other foreign aid programs are not mentioned in the budget proposal, but will likely be released in the full budget plan expected in May. With Israel’s funding untouched, many other countries are worried that they will see major cuts in foreign aid.

Our assistance to Israel is…guaranteed and that reflects obviously our strong commitment to one of our strongest partners and allies,” Mark Toner, a spokesman for the State Department said, according to Reuters.

With respect to other assistance levels, foreign military assistance levels, those are still being evaluated and decisions are going to be made going forward,” he said.

Dan Shapiro, the former ambassador to Israel under the Obama administration, warned on Twitter that cutting aid to Jordan, Egypt, and other middle eastern countries could have negative consequences for Israel.

Trump originally wanted to slash as much as 37 percent of the funding for the State Department, according to the New York Times. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was given discretion in choosing where to make the cuts, with the exception of Israel, which the White House told him to leave unchanged.

The president ran [his campaign] saying he would spend less money overseas and more money back home,” Mick Mulvaney, Office of Management and Budget Director said Wednesday, according to NPR. “When you go to implement that policy, you go to things like foreign aid, and those get reduced.

Via RT. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license.

  • Joe Blow

    The fact Mr Trump can’t see the genocidal Iasrael for what is, how they have used American money and soldiers desths to fight their enemies, not ours is very troubling.

    “We Jews, we are the destroyers and will remain the destroyers. Nothing you can do will meet our demands and needs. We will forever destroy because we want a world of our own.” (You Gentiles, by Jewish Author Maurice Samuels, p. 155).
    ——————
    Ariel Sharon: “We, the Jewish People, Control America, and The Americans Know it.”

  • Zaphod Braden

    Why is the FBI NOT investigating ISRAEL’s influencing American elections?

    How many of YOUR/America’s $4+BILLION in WELFARE given to Israel every year comes back to America in the form of BRIBES to “american” politicians? They dash over there with empty suitcases and return heavily laden ….. Traitors voting to give Israel MORE, so they can get bigger BRIBES

    • Lonesomeskunk

      Same dung in charge just a different toilet.

    • Yes, if ever there were an example of interference in elections on steroids, it is that of Israel in America.

      It close to beggars belief that so massive a set of intrusions could not only be tolerated but happily supported by many important people.

      Daily calls to American leaders. Regular personal access to them.

      Obama opined to Sarkozy in an open-mic incident a few years back about the daily calls he had to take from Netanyahu. Both leaders were commiserating about the way you could believe nothing Netanyahu said but they still had to listen to him.

      How about the way Netanyahu, unwelcomed by the White House, shoved his way in to speak to Congress – always receptive owing to the donations of the Lobby to campaigns and the influence of a press owned by a few people – about what really were American matters? Essentially, he publicly insulted the elected President and grossly interfered in legislation dealing with American security and international affairs.

      He did the same in France after the Charlie Hebdo murders. He was (deliberately for security reasons) not invited to the parade in Paris but came anyway and literally pushed his way to the front. Afterwards he went around the country telling Jewish Frenchmen they should leave France and go to Israel.

      A lobby so organized that it puts to shame the efforts of any other lobby. A systematic appraisal system for American legislators on their favorable efforts for Israel. Regular paid junkets to Israel for newly elected Congressmen.

      The conversion of some in Congress to virtual mouthpieces for Israel, as we see in someone like Lindsey Graham, a man most likely sexually-compromised long ago by Mossad.

      A virtual tidal wave of propaganda through Israeli-influenced newspapers and magazines.we only learned recently, for example, that every New York Times story having anything to do with Israel is voluntarily passed to the Official Israeli Censor for review before publication.

      The creation of unfair laws on people’s free associations and advocacy inside the United States owing to lobby pressure.

      The ability to break every law imaginable with no consequences, as when American-supplied weapons are used to attack people, something against supposedly strict laws governing their use.

      The huge and well-known espionage efforts of Mossad in Washington. It is rarely discussed in the corporate press but American intelligence spends immense efforts on counter-measures against that “friend and ally.”

      There are bizarre anecdotes like the Israeli spy who was caught crawling through an overhead air-conditioning duct to to get a view of confidential information on an official’s desk.

      And business deals, as when some accuse Trump and Russia? My God, we have hugely wealthy men who live in both places because they are allowed dual-citizenship, constantly transferring investments back and forth and knowledge of technology and other knowledge from America to Israel.

      And that only scratches the surface.

      If Russia were involved in a tiny fraction of such things, there would be war.

  • Sink Chicken

    I am disappointed in President Trump. I think that foreign aid to countries with nuclear weapons and non signors on NNPT is illegal. Is President Trump violating the law?

  • Wile E Genius

    The Temple Mount has been the target for the Vatican for a thousand years. They need the greatest ‘God Address’ on earth to rule from. The Temple mount is next to transfer from the muslims to the Judeo/Christians. Jerusalem will be made into an International City, a virtual religious ‘Disney Land’, for the worlds major religions. Stay Tuned!