Trump administration to propose keeping Ukraine funding unchanged in new budget

The Trump administration will propose allocating $115 million in State Department security assistance for Ukraine after seeking to decrease that number in each of its past two budget proposals.

An official for the Office of Management and Budget confirmed Thursday that the administration’s 2021 budget proposal would list the aid at current levels. That includes $250 million allocated through the Pentagon and $115 million allocated through the State Department’s Foreign Military Financing program.

The official declined to comment further ahead of the full budget’s release on Feb. 10.

Congress last year rejected a proposed cut to the State Department funding for Ukraine and appropriated $115 million for the 2020 fiscal year.

The development was first reported by The Washington Post, which said administration officials were considering cutting the Ukraine funding to $20 million before abandoning the idea. 

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