On withholding aid to Central America, Mulvaney was correct: 'We do that all the time'

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    EJ
    "Contrary to President Trump’s apparent understanding of how foreign aid is distributed, most economic aid provided by the U.S. is not transmitted directly to governments but is channeled through third parties (non-profits, non-governmental organizations, public-private partnerships and multilateral organizations like the World Bank and the United Nations) for specific projects intended to advance the interests of the U.S. as well as the country in which its delivered. In the case of Central America, American assistance was part of a comprehensive effort to address the causes of increased migration, from Northern Triangle countries in particular. The policy was begun by the Obama administration in 2015, with bipartisan support in Congress." There you have it, folks. The real reason aid was cut off. Besides enriching himself, his primary goal is to undo EVERYTHING accomplished by or started by Obama.
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    QE
    "More important, in McFarland’s view, is that the concessions sought from Ukraine weren’t to advance U.S. foreign policy goals, but Trump’s personal interest in disputing Russian help with his election and discrediting former Vice President Joe Biden."

    That is it in a nutshell. Policy or personal, if it is personal it is not permittable if it is to enforce policy as decided by law it is.
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    Johnny
    THIS IS IT EXACTLY!
    "More important, in McFarland’s view, is that the concessions sought from Ukraine weren’t to advance U.S. foreign policy goals, but Trump’s personal interest in disputing Russian help with his election and discrediting former Vice President Joe Biden." --- “First of all, Mulvaney was conflating regular diplomacy, where you engage in combination of persuasion, cajoling, sometimes pressure to advance United States security objectives, with doing the same stuff to advance the president’s reelection,” said McFarland. “That’s the difference, and it’s a big difference.”
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    LisaH
    "More important, in McFarland’s view, is that the concessions sought from Ukraine weren’t to advance U.S. foreign policy goals, but Trump’s personal interest in disputing Russian help with his election and discrediting former Vice President Joe Biden. "

    That is the key point. And many on the right miss that when they point out that Biden withheld aid. Biden did it the right way, using the correct channels and for the right reasons.
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    User
    We have always withheld funds to get what is needed, but not to get favors for personal, political gain for an individual.
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    Fritz Frahman
    Quite correct. It is done all the time.

    But when it is done for the personal gain of an individual, or to try to influence an election said individual will be running in, it is flat ILLEGAL.
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    Cold
    It's very naive to think that foreign aid are given without any string attached. As a matter of fact, foreign aid are used to gain concessions and access for political, diplomatic, military, or economic reasons. For example, US military aid to countries like Pakistan and Turkey allowed the US to build listening installations into Russia, Iran and other non-friendly government. Threatening to withhold aid to Central America helped push Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador into tightening their borders to slow down the influx of illegal immigration into the US. Billions of US aid were poured into South Vietnam in order to stop the spread of communism (the Domino doctrine), an effort that ultimately failed.

    Foreign aid works the same way as welfare and other social benefits in this country, the government doles out money in exchange for votes. Just look at the promises of trillion of dollars of spending that the Democratic candidates are offering, they do that because they want the votes.

    People who think that foreign aid are given simply because of altruism reasons need to rethink that notion. Just like money is the number one tool to use to manipulate people, foreign aid works the very same way.
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    PunchMe
    If we have lots of extra money, it should be going towards helping American citizens and American veterans.

    Where's the criticism of the leadership of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, etc? Apparently if they refuse to do anything to fix the problems in their country, it's okay for the USA to give them money, same as someone who refuses to work, so it's ok to just keep sending them Welfare checks.
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    Elisa
    There is a humongous difference between using aid to influence, even coerce allies to advanced our country’s interest and withholding Congressionally approved aid to a country that has already been invaded by our enemy for personal political purposes.
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    Haywood Giablomi
    There's a big difference in withholding aid to coerce a country to align with US Policy and to do it to attack a political rival.