The US Cutting Off Aid To El Salvador, Guatemala, And Honduras
The United States will be cutting off aid to Central American countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
“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,” Trump announced on Friday.
“At the Secretary’s instruction, we are carrying out the President’s direction and ending FY 2017 and FY 2018 foreign assistance programs for the Northern Triangle,” a State Department rep said. “We will be engaging Congress as part of this process.”
This comes after Trump threatened to close the borders if Mexico didn’t stop sending immigrants over to the U.S.
“There’s a very good likelihood that I’ll be closing the border next week,” Trump told reporters gathered at his Florida resort. “I will close the border if Mexico doesn’t get with it.”
The U.S. has previously provided $131 million in aid to Guatemala, $98 million to Honduras, and $68 million to El Salvador in 2016.