There’s a section in Donald Trump’s “America First” budget that fulfills one of his highest-priority campaign promises — but don’t expect the media to say a word about it, as they have yet to do so.
His 2018 budget proposal would actually switch some foreign military assistance from grants to loans, which would effectively force many allies to repay the U.S. for military aid.
The Daily Caller reports:
The proposal, titled, “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” suggested a massive 28 percent ($10.1 billion) reduction in funding for the Department of the State and USAID. Foreign aid took a significant cut, including military aid, which in some cases will be converted into loans.
The shift in policy is meant to “reduce costs for the U.S. taxpayer, while potentially allowing recipients to purchase more American-made weaponry with U.S. assistance, but on a repayable basis.”
The U.S. spent approximately $5.64 billion dollars on foreign military aid in 2015, according to the State Department website. Trump’s budget proposal would provide $3.1 billion to Israel in order for the country to have “the ability to defend itself from threats and maintain its Qualitative Military Edge.”
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