The new 2018 budget proposal from the White House is looking to reduce foreign aid and change some foreign military aid from grants to loans, meaning it would have to be repaid to the U.S.
The proposal, called “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” put forward a reduction of 28 percent ($10.1 billion) in funding for the Department of the State and USAID. Foreign aid was slashed, including military aid, some of which will be changed to loans.
The Daily Caller reports:
The shift in policy is meant to “reduce costs for the U.S. taxpayer, while potentially allowing recipients to purchase more American-made weaponry with U.S. assistance, but on a repayable basis.”
The U.S. spent approximately $5.64 billion dollars on foreign military aid in 2015, according to the State Department website. Trump’s budget proposal would provide $3.1 billion to Israel in order for the country to have “the ability to defend itself from threats and maintain its Qualitative Military Edge.”
The proposal is in line with President Trump’s consistent complaints that the U.S.A’s military allies aren’t contributing enough to NATO. He said, “A lot of these countries aren’t paying what they’re supposed to be paying, which I think is very unfair to the United States.”