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George W. Bush Calls Foreign Aid A Moral And Security Imperative

Bush has dedicated billions to combat AIDS in Africa and recently traveled to the continent. If nothing had been done about the pandemic during his time in office, he said, "I would've been ashamed."
Former President George W. Bush visits the Theresanyo primary school in Gaborone, Botswana, during an official visit on April 4. Source: Monirul Bhuiyan

President Trump's budget blueprint is all about "hard power" — increasing the country's military might by slashing foreign aid. The proposed cuts are in contrast to the dramatic boost to foreign aid under President George W. Bush.

Bush dedicated billions to combatting HIV/AIDS in Africa with a program called PEPFAR that still exists today. So far, it has been spared from cuts. He highlighted the program's work and that of

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