|US President Donald Trump speaks alongside Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (R) during a meeting about the federal budget in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, February 22, 2017. SAUL LOEB / AFP|
Ananth Baliga, The Phnom Penh Post
Tue, 25 April 2017
An apparent US State Department budgetary document shows the body gutting foreign aid to Cambodia, completely eliminating all development assistance and slashing health programs funded by the State Department and USAID as well.
The document, obtained and published by Foreign Policy on Monday, shows that development assistance to the Kingdom will be cut to zero in 2018, down from a 2016 real spending level of $34.5 million. Similarly, the Economic Support Fund will see a 100 percent cut from its $8 million in 2016.
The cuts come in the wake of the Trump administration’s March budget proposal that showed a one-third cut to government development assistance to developing countries.
While not completely eliminated, the Global Health Program funded by the State Department and USAID will see 18.3 and 37.4 percent cuts by the respective agencies from 2016 levels.