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

Former President George W. Bush visits a Theresanyo primary propagandize in Gaborone, Botswana, during an central revisit on Apr 4.

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Former President George W. Bush visits a Theresanyo primary propagandize in Gaborone, Botswana, during an central revisit on Apr 4.

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President Trump’s bill plans is all about “hard power” — augmenting a country’s troops competence by slicing unfamiliar aid. The due cuts are in contrariety to a thespian boost to unfamiliar assist underneath President George W. Bush.

Bush dedicated billions to combatting HIV/AIDS in Africa with a module called PEPFAR that still exists today. So far, it has been spared from cuts. He highlighted a program’s work and that of his post-presidency beginning to fight AIDS and cervical cancer during a new outing to Africa.

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“I consider a many suggestive impulse for me was going to a maternity sentinel in Namibia,” he told NPR during a George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas. “Seeing a roomful of ladies, many of whom — if not all — had a AIDS virus, and each one of their babies was innate though AIDS. Mother-to-child delivery efforts of PEPFAR have been unbelievably successful.”

Asked what he would contend to a mom struggling in a United States and examination income upsurge to unfamiliar places like Botswana and Namibia, Bush responded:

“Look, we can’t solve each problem. And we would tell a chairman who’s out of work, hopefully there’s adequate assist there to assistance we transition. But, we know, a suspicion of branch a behind on a pestilence that would’ve wiped out an whole era of people, we don’t consider is in a suggestion of a United States.”

National confidence is also during stake, Bush argued.

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“When we have an whole era of people being wiped out and a giveaway universe turns a back, it provides a available event for people to widespread extremism,” he said. He added, “I trust in this box that it’s in a inhabitant confidence interests as good as in a dignified seductiveness to continue appropriation this program.”

Bush also spoke with Morning Edition about immigration and his new gathering of veterans’ portraits.

Interview Highlights

On either President Trump’s due bill cuts to unfamiliar assist is an conflict on Bush’s legacy, as former USAID conduct Andrew Natsios has said

First of all, I’m not genuine gentle with “legacy.” That kind of assumes that I’m doing this in sequence to strengthen my possess reputation. And that’s a final reason one would take on a charitable mission. But we do know that we set priorities in my administration, and one such priority was tellurian life on a continent of Africa. And it astounded people. Of all places, why? And a answer … is that, had zero been finished about this pestilence and a whole era died, that would’ve combined huge instability on a continent of Africa … we would’ve been ashamed.

On immigration and family with Mexico

I have been traffic with a immigration emanate ever given we was a administrator of a state of Texas. we laid out what we suspicion was a extensive devise that would work in an Oval Office residence when we was a president. we still consider that’s going to be a devise that ends adult being adopted during some indicate in time. …

There needs to be a approach for somebody to be means to get in line to turn a citizen so prolonged as they met certain criteria. …

I consider it’s really critical for us to commend a significance of Mexico and a attribute we have with Mexico. We wish Mexico to succeed. It’s in a inhabitant seductiveness they succeed.

On his book, Portraits of Courage

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I know these group and women utterly well. There is not an unit of self-pity in their being. They need help. And so a book’s purpose is to call courtesy to their courage, though also to a need to assistance them transition from a troops life to municipal life. You know, as a matter of fact, removing to know them … has been uplifting. And that’s what this book is all about is honoring them.