The White House has tacked away from plans to require all US food aid to be delivered on US-flagged ships, according to Reuters.
A day after reports that President Donald Trump was going to issue an executive order for 100% of aid to be transported by American vessels, the administration backed away from the idea after hearing a chorus of complaints about it from members of the US Congress.
Currently the US requires that only 50% of aid be carried on US ships.
While the motive for the first idea was driven by President Trump’s “America First” philosophy, critics said it would have had the negative double whammy of making the food more expensive and slower to deliver.
And it would have done little to boost American jobs.