After warning them over and over to take action and stop the formation of the migrant caravans, President Trump is done warning.
He’s taking action.
It boggles my mind how after 3 years of watching this man in action, people are still not wising up!
I guess they’re so used to all-talk, do-nothing politicians that they can’t seem to remember President Trump is different!
President Trump is a man of action, and if you don’t heed his warnings the action is swift and severe!
El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are in the process of learning that hard lesson right now.
It’s just being reported today that President Trump has made the historic step to cut off ALL DIRECT AID to these nations.
Take a look:
As reported on Yahoo/ABC News:
In a stunning about-face, State Department officials said that President Donald Trump is cutting off all direct assistanceto the so-called Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.
“At the Secretary’s instruction, we are carrying out the President’s direction and ending FY [fiscal year] 2017 and FY 2018 foreign assistance programs for the Northern Triangle,” a State Department spokesperson told ABC News, referring to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “We will be engaging Congress as part of this process.”
These three countries are the primary source of migrants to the U.S., but for years the U.S. has worked with them to stabilize their political environments and economies and end violence and corruption so that migrants wouldn’t leave in the first place.
Trump hinted at the cuts earlier on Friday, telling reporters,”I’ve ended payments to Guatemala, to Honduras, and to El Salvador. No money goes there anymore.”
While the president has threatened these cuts before, this time the administration is actually following through.Trump said the funds totaled $500 million, but it wasn’t clear Friday if that figure was accurate. The State Department announced in December that the U.S. would mobilize $5.8 billion in public and private american investment to these three countries.
I'm not quite sure what "stunning about-face" ABC is talking about.
They're acting like this is a surprise.
I'm telling ya, these people are so dense that they really can't get it through their heads that President Trump is a different kind of President. A different kind of man. A maverick! A man of action!
But they don't get it, so to them this is an "about face".
What a joke, he's been warning them for months!
This was the most obvious and telegraphed and delayed move President Trump could have made.
He gave them every chance!
Calling it an "about face" is the height of bad journalism!
CNN also covered the story:
The United States is cutting off aid to the Northern Triangle, otherwise known as the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, the State Department told CNN Saturday, one day after President Donald Trump said they had "set up" migrant caravans for entry into the United States.
"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 said 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 spokesperson said. "We will be engaging Congress as part of this process."
On Wednesday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen signed what she called a "first of its kind" regional compact agreement with the Northern Triangle countries aimed at preventing irregular migration, combating criminal organizations and ultimately helping with US border security.
Trump threatened to cut off or substantially reduce aid to the Northern Triangle before saying in an October tweet the countries, "were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to the US."
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