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New U.S. aid chief to steer agency away from Trump era isolationism

PoliticsMay 03, 2021 04:05PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing for Samantha Power to lead the U.S. Agency for International Development

By Daphne Psaledakis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The fate of the United States is "inextricably linked with the rest of the world's," new U.S. aid chief Samantha Power said on Monday, in stark contrast to former President Donald Trump's focus on "America First" policies and slashing foreign aid.

Addressing staff on her first day as head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, Power sought to tie foreign aid to global and domestic policy challenges such as immigration, climate change and the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.

"With the world battling a different plague, Americans see what you all have long understood: that this country's fate is inextricably linked with the rest of the world's," said Power, who served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations from 2013 to 2017 under former President Barack Obama.

Power described climate change, authoritarian governments, and poverty and violence fueling migration at the southern U.S. border as some of the "the world's most pressing challenges."

"The truth is: none of these challenges is distinct. They all feed into and feed off of one another," she said.

President Joe Biden's administration has sought to signal a sharp break with Trump's go-it-alone approach by re-engaging with allies and pushing multilateral diplomacy.

During her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in March, Power also described foreign aid as an essential tool in counteracting the growing global influence of China.

New U.S. aid chief to steer agency away from Trump era isolationism
 

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Catholic Man
CatholicMan May 04, 2021 1:49AM ET
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I'm reading this to mean the biden administration will put Americans last and give our money to other countries.
TL Chan
TL Chan May 04, 2021 12:54AM ET
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These people behind are being exaggerated and criticism to Trump just to protect their cheese!
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TL Chan May 04, 2021 12:52AM ET
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The problem of this type of aid is usually small no. of receiving countries official got the money, the amount benefit to the real needy is very little, it is like doing show or just bribery. Trump might be doing right thing to cut these waste. Some are genuine help and aid, which I believe Trump would know and be supportive. I trusted Trump more those people behind!
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Silence Dogood May 03, 2021 7:21PM ET
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You get a free car! aand you get a free car!
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel May 03, 2021 5:22PM ET
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Biden admin policies will always place America last. The only ones who benefit are those part of the authoritarian United Nations world government structure. UN prefers communism over democracy because is easier to control population they will support Biden push to bring communism to America.
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Steve Lora May 03, 2021 4:26PM ET
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Trump Republicans are 97% on board. Trump has higher support among Republicans than Reagan. This is y state house are 68% Republican anf the US House of Representatives will be in control next midterms
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Chris Cummins May 03, 2021 4:26PM ET
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And Trump won by a landslide, Cry me a river snowflake.
 
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