U.S. President Donald Trump's proposal for "deep cuts" to foreign aid is facing fierce opposition from more than 100 Christian leaders who have sent a letter to Congress calling for the rejection of those plans.
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In a letter addressed to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), over 100 Christian leaders called for the rejection of Trump's newly released budget blueprint. They expressed their opposition to the unspecified cuts to foreign aid in the said proposal, which the president said was necessary to prioritize American citizens' "security and well-being," The Blaze details.
"America is blessed with fertile land, abundant natural resources, a strong economy and faithful citizens who value religious freedom," the Christian leaders said in their letter. "But beyond our borders, many countries experience unparalleled suffering and loss of life due to extreme poverty, disease, natural disasters and conflict."
However, the letter also expressed appreciation for America's programs which have helped save lives and protect religious freedom.
World Vision USA president Rich Stearns released a separate statement reiterating the call to reject the proposal for foreign aid investments cuts. The group said it appreciates Trump's intention to run a government that is responsible for its finances, but Stearns described the budget cut as a "penny wise and pound foolish" move.
Although the U.S. government has not specified the exact amount of the budget cut, it is reportedly eyeing a 50 percent slash in its funding. The plan has drawn criticism not only from the Christian community but also from Democrats and Republicans, Al Jazeera reports.
When asked about the potential negative effect of the budget cut on the most vulnerable people in the world, Trump's budget director Mick Mulvaney said the move was expected because the Republican leader focused on that plan several times during his campaign. He said Trump had promised to spend less on people abroad and more on those in the country.