US Government Cuts Military Aid to El Salvador

The United States government slashed foreign military aid to El Salvador, despite intense lobbying from pro-American President Nayib Bukele in Washington to counter claims that his administration has taken the country down an authoritarian path.

The United States government slashed foreign military aid to El Salvador, despite intense lobbying from pro-American President Nayib Bukele in Washington to counter claims that his administration has taken the country down an authoritarian path.

Tucked into the COVID-19 relief bill signed by US President Donald Trump was a provisional barring access for El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala to a State Department program that finances the purchase of American defense equipment.

The ban against these Central American nations was pushed by Rep. Norma Torres (D-Pomona), and is part of an initiative by House Democrats to strengthen anticorruption efforts in Central America. 

During an interview with NTN24, analyst at the Washington Office on Latin America Adam Isacson said that the ban represents a symbolic blow to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala as they try to show progress in strengthening the rule of law.

“It basically puts these countries on the same tier as dictatorships and failed states. Only a handful of countries aren’t eligible for this program,” Isacson said.


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