[Editorial] The future of Trump’s global health agenda
Last week’s US midterm election was a partial rebuke to President Donald Trump. But although Trump’s legislative agenda has largely come to an end, his ability to affect global health through non-legislative means remains vast. His record to date is not encouraging. The USA spends more than US$35 billion on foreign aid each year, and there are numerous ways that Trump can manipulate the appropriated funding to suit his whims: defer or ignore allocated funds until the end of the fiscal year or transfer funds from one programme to another, such as when Trump transferred $10 million from disaster relief to Immigration and Customs Enforcement this year.