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Trump administration freezes foreign aid funds pending review

Wednesday, 07 August, 2019, 10:50
Trump administration freezes foreign aid funds pending review

The Trump administration has put a temporary hold on the majority of congressionally approved foreign aid funds, pending a review by the State Department and the US Agency for International Development.
The Office of Management and Budget informed the two agencies in a letter Saturday that unobligated funds would be frozen until "three business days after" State and USAID provide an accounting of how much remains in specific accounts and how the funds are being spent. Those funds expire on September 30, the end of the fiscal year.
A USAID official told CNN the funding amounts to between $2 billion and $4 billion.

The accounts specified in the letter include funding for international organizations, international peacekeeping, international narcotics control and law enforcement, global health, development assistance, foreign military and assistance for Europe, Eurasia and Central Asia.