Yesterday’s favorite, Honduras whiplashed by Trump threats to cut US aid

Honduras may be bearing the brunt of President Trump’s ire today over immigration, but only a few months ago it was receiving accolades from the administration.

Honduras was among only seven nations that voted with the United States and Israel in December against a resolution condemning the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump and Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, both suggested U.S. aid could hinge on how nations voted.

While 128 nations voted for the resolution anyway, Honduras, which got $137.5 million in U.S. aid in 2017, seemed to be safe, along with Guatemala, Togo and several small Pacific Island nations.

For a time, U.S. appreciation was boundless. In late February, Haley visited Honduras and Guatemala, in large part to thank them for having the administration’s back.

Even then, her display of gratitude was an about-face from Trump’s criticism of countries that drugs produced elsewhere transit through. A few weeks earlier, Trump had threatened to cut off aid to countries that did not stop the drug trafficking. Honduras, a major hub for drug trafficking, was one of several countries he mentioned by name.

Tuesday brought another whiplash turn when Trump said U.S. aid to Honduras and other countries in the region is now “in play” again as a caravan of migrants moved through Mexico

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/yesterdays-favorite-honduras-whiplashed-by-trump-threats-to-cut-us-aid/2018/04/03/d48d85c2-376b-11e8-9c0a-85d477d9a226_story.html

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