Donald Trump cuts financial assistance to Northern Triangle countries Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala and claims ‘they haven’t done a thing for us’

Saturday, March 30, 2019
By Paul Martin

Donald Trump is cutting financial aid to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala
Trump said funds totaled $500 million, but wasn’t clear on the exact figure
He also threatened on Friday to close the U.S. border with Mexico next week
Mexico is preparing for the possible arrival of the ‘mother of all caravans’ from Honduras, but humanitarian activists refute this number
The government of Honduras has rejected Mexico’s ‘unsubstantiated claims’

30 March 2019

Donald Trump has announced that he is cutting financial assistance to the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

Trump hinted at the cuts on Friday, as a Mexican minister claimed that the ‘mother of all caravans’ with more than 20,000 people was being organized by Honduras.

ABC reported Trump as saying: ‘I’ve ended payments to Guatemala, to Honduras, and to El Salvador. No money goes there anymore.

Trump said the funds totaled $500 million, but it wasn’t clear 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 the three countries.

But Trump claimed those financial aid programs would end saying: ‘We’re not paying them anymore because they haven’t done a thing for us.’ Most migrants from the three countries come to the U.S.

For years the Government here has worked with them to help their political environments and economies and end violence so that migrants wouldn’t leave.

A State Department spokesperson told ABC News: ‘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.’

But U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testified before the House of Representatives on Wednesday about the administration’s efforts.

He claimed the told him to use U.S. funding to ‘develop a set of programs that reward effective outcomes, that reward good leadership, that get us to a place where we actually achieve the outcomes.’

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