foreign aid

noun

Definition of foreign aid

: assistance (such as economic aid) provided by one nation to another

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All the foreign aid programs in the world combined cannot improve the lives of the world’s poorest citizens more than freer trade. WSJ, "Mr. President, It’s Time for Zero Tariffs," 17 Oct. 2018 Only after the migrant caravan set out toward the United States did President Trump threaten to stop approving foreign aid to Honduras. Liliana Frankel, Teen Vogue, "A Day in the Life of the Migrant Caravan," 16 Nov. 2018 The three Central American countries will receive a fraction of the $27.7 billion in foreign aid the United States plans to provide in the 2019 fiscal year. Linda Qiu, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s Evidence-Free Claims About the Migrant Caravan," 23 Oct. 2018 The point of Trump’s tour was to highlight all the ways US foreign aid is helping children in the developing world. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Melania’s trip to Africa says a lot about US foreign policy under Trump," 9 Oct. 2018 Or an entire year of the African Development Fund, a foreign aid agency focused on Africa, for just $26 million. Erica Pishdadian, Marie Claire, "Here's How Many Government Programs Could Be Paid for with the Money Trump Spends Traveling to Florida," 20 Mar. 2017 The aid push also underscores the priority the Trump administration has placed on helping Christians, even in an era of steep cuts proposed for foreign aid. Carol Morello, Washington Post, "Under pressure from Pence, U.S. aid is directed to Christian, Yazidi communities in Iraq," 16 June 2018 The Trump administration has asked Congress to reduce foreign aid to the region. Laura Meckler, WSJ, "Trump Presses Congress to Allow Fast Deportations, Jailing for Children," 31 May 2018 In some places, the refugees boost local businesses and act as a magnet for foreign aid. The Economist, "Refugees need not be a burden, if they are allowed to work," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of foreign aid

1947, in the meaning defined above

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