President Donald J. Trump has finally cut aid to several Central American nations for their failures to stop waves of migrant caravans seeking illegal entry or asylum into the United States. Late Saturday, evening the state department confirmed Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala the commander-in-chief has ordered they stop receiving direct aid.
"A State Department spokesman said in a statement it was carrying out Trump's directive by ending aid programs to the three Central American nations, known as the Northern Triangle.
The department said it would "engage Congress in the process," an apparent acknowledgement that it will need lawmakers' approval to end funding that a Congressional aide estimated would total about $700 million."
On Twitter, President Trump slammed Democrats for not wanting to solve the border crisis.
"It would be so easy to fix our weak and very stupid Democrat inspired immigration laws," Trump tweeted yesterday. "In less than one hour, and then a vote, the problem would be solved. But the Dems don't care about the crime, they don't want any victory for Trump and the Republicans, even if good for USA!'
A group of representatives slammed the decision, calling President Trump "reckless."
via Fox News:
"As we visit El Salvador evaluating the importance of U.S. assistance to Central America to address the root causes of family and child migration, we are extremely disappointed to learn that President Trump intends to cut off aid to the region," said the statement from five lawmakers, including Rep. Eliot L. Engel of New York, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "The President's approach is entirely counterproductive."