Trump allies push back on proposed foreign aid cut

August 16, 2019 - 4:39 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of President Donald Trump's strongest allies in Congress are pushing back on his administration's plans to slash some $4 billion in foreign aid.

In a letter to the president, Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rep. Hal Rogers are discouraging the administration "in the strongest possible terms" from going ahead with the cuts to the State Department and United States Agency for International Development budget. The proposal is widely opposed by other Republicans and Democrats, but Graham and Rogers carry significant weight with the White House.

Graham is a frequent golfing partner of Trump's and is chairman of the powerful Senate appropriations subcommittee that oversees State Department and USAID funding. Rogers is the top Republican on the corresponding subcommittee in the House.

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