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MELANIA TRUMP PROMOTES US AGENCY IN MALAWI, HUSBAND WANTS TO CUT THE FUNDING.
Melania Trump promotes US agency in Malawi, husband wants to cut the funding.
06 October 2018 | 06:18

Melania Trump spent Thursday in Southern Africa promoting the work of US International Development Agency, whose funding President Donald Trump has twice proposed slashing by nearly a third, and law makers essentially ignored those requests.

Mrs Trump toured classrooms at Lilongwe's Chipala Primary School, which gets textbooks and other education assistance from the US Agency for International Development.

Reports indicate that a batch of 1.4 million books donated on Thursday, brought to nearly 10 million the total Malawi has received in recent years, under USAID's national reading program.

Malawi's education minister said the partnership had "significantly" improved student literacy.

But the Trump administration sought a roughly 30% cut in funding, for the State Department and USAID in its first two budgets.

 



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