Analysis | Trump plans to cut off food help for millions of kids in the world’s poorest places
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A Somali boy sits outside his makeshift hut at a camp for people displaced from their homes by drought.
(Ben Curtis/AP) Former senator Bob Dole, a pillar of the Republican Party and a staunch supporter of President Trump during his campaign, has accused the president of threatening “one of the proudest achievements of my lifetime” — by cutting a program that has provided school meals to more than 40 million children in some of the world's poorest countries. The McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program, a bipartisan aid enterprise championed by Dole and his Democratic colleague Sen. George McGovern in the early aughts, was a casualty of the White House budget proposal released last Thursday. Since 2003, McGovern-Dole has provided school meals in 40 of the world's most impoverished nations, including several that are currently approaching famine. Trump's budget recommended eliminating the program, however, citing concerns that it “lacks evidence that it is being effectively implemented.” “Eliminating the McGovern-Dole program would have a disastrous effect on the planet’s most vulnerable children,” Dole wrote in a statement provided exclusively to The Washington Post. “Without a reliable source of nutrition, these children face a lifetime of stunted physical and mental development and unrealized opportunity. This global school meals program remains one of the proudest achievements of my lifetime.