The Trump administration has made the decision to slash aid to Afghanistan following a visit by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
According to The Hill:
The Trump administration is cutting $1 billion in assistance to Afghanistan after its rival leaders failed to resolve their dispute following Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit there Monday.
“The United States deeply regrets that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and former Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah have informed Secretary Pompeo that they have been unable to agree on an inclusive government that can meet the challenges of governance, peace, and security, and provide for the health and welfare of Afghan citizens,” Pompeo said in a statement.
He added the United States is “disappointed” in both men’s conduct, saying “their failure has harmed U.S.-Afghan relations.”
“Because this leadership failure poses a direct threat to U.S. national interests, effective immediately, the U.S. government will initiate a review of the scope of our cooperation with Afghanistan,” he said.
Pompeo also warned that the United States is prepared to cut an additional $1 billion in funding for next year, as well.