Trump’s budget preserves aid for Israel, other countries under review: State Department

© Reuters. Acting State Department Spokesperson Mark Toner speaks during a news briefing at the State Department in Washington

© Reuters. Acting State Department Spokesperson Mark Toner speaks during a press conference at the State Department in Washington.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department said on Thursday that President Donald Trump‘s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 would not reduce U.S. aid to Israel, but levels of assistance to Israel were still being assessed. other nations, including Egypt and Jordan.

“Our assistance to Israel is … guaranteed and that obviously reflects our strong commitment to one of our strongest partners and allies,” said State Department spokesman Mark Toner.

“Regarding other levels of assistance, levels of foreign military assistance are still being evaluated and decisions will be made in the future,” Toner added, noting that treaty obligations would be a factor. The United States provides assistance to Jordan and Egypt as part of their peace treaties with Israel.

(This version of the story corrects the title by adding the deleted word “preserves”)

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