Trump to withhold US$500m in aid from Northern Triangle countries

The Trump Administration announced at the end of March that aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras would be cut by approximately US$500m in a rebuke of leaders of the Northern Triangle for, in the President’s words, “doing absolutely nothing” to curb emigration from the region. While the decision was met with criticism, even within the ranks of the Republican party, the Trump Administration has doubled down and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a recent statement to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has said “The United States has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to try and build out solutions… it’s a fact of this crisis at the southern border that it has not been effective”. The announcement follows what had appeared to be a fruitful conference between the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, and the now ex-US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who shortly after her meeting with leaders of the Northern Triangle, submitted her resignation amid ongoing disagreements with President Trump over immigration policy.

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