Donald Trump’s budget proposal plans to hike military spending by $54 billion and slashing non-defense programs, most likely, foreign aid.
Foreign aid accounts for roughly 1% of the US federal budget, and includes military aid, debt relief, funds for long-term development programs, and also emergency aid.
The US is by far the biggest donor to humanitarian crises in terms of financial contributions. The country donated roughly $6.4 billion — or 29% of the $22.1 billion spent globally — for emergencies alone in 2016
This move could not have come at a more unfortunate time. There is famine in South Sudan, caused by the civil war there. Famine also threatens northern Nigeria, Yemen and Somalia. An estimated 22 million people are in urgent need of aid in these four countries alone.
There are currently more refugees in the world than at any time since World War II with around 65 million people displaced, according to the UNHCR.
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