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Wed May 24, 2017, 05:56 PM

Trump proposes to cut US aid to Colombia to lowest level in 32 years

written by Jack Norman May 23, 2017

US President Donald Trump has proposed a $140 million cut in 2018 foreign aid to Colombia compared with this year’s funding—a 36% reduction—according to newly released budget documents.

The enormous cuts are from this year’s $391 million in aid for the first year of Peace Colombia, the re-named continuation of the decades-long Plan Colombia program which has brought nearly $11 billion to Colombia since 2000.

“It’ll be up to Congress to save Peace Colombia,” tweeted Adam Isacson, a Latin America expert with WOLA, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit focusing on the Americas.

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International Narcotics Control aid to Colombia would drop $18 million (13%), from $143 million to $125 million. This cut is despite the continuing US pressure on Colombia to reduce coca and cocaine production.


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