10. Foreign Aid
Just as the rest of the world looks to America to lead by example in political decision-making, third world countries in dire need of help along with nations struggling with war and oppression have always looked to the world leader for assistance. Despite costing less than 1% of the federal budget, foreign aid is still an incredibly important issue which significantly impacts the rest of the world. It was not a central component, however, high up on Donald Trump’s to-do list during his campaign. Trump stated during his victory speech that “it is necessary that we invest in our infrastructure and stop sending aid to countries that hate us.” America first, right? That’s the plan.
When speaking to Ann Simmons of The Los Angeles Times, law professor and director of the Burkle Center for International Relations at UCLA, Kal Raustiala, said, “Given what [Trump] said on the campaign trail about the need for our closest allies to pay their fair share, I don’t think it bodes well for foreign aid in general, and certainly not for development aid.” Raustiala went on to say, “We might anticipate some more radical changes. [Trump]’s rhetoric has not been promising” and “If the U.S. is not an actively engaged member of the international community and assisting many countries with their development, somebody else will — and maybe in ways that are much less positive for us.”