The ineptitude of the Biden administration continues. On Monday, The Free Press noted how the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, was engulfed in two scandals.
You can now add a third.
The Epoch Times reported recently that Republican Rep. Mike McCaul is alleging that USAID funded a nonprofit group with links to terrorists.
The amount of money was a pittance by Washington’s standards — just $110,000.
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But McCaul, a Texas Republican who leads the House Foreign Affairs Committee, argued it’s the principle of giving money to enemies of the West.
According to a letter McCaul sent to USAID Administrator Samantha Power, the congressman asserted “credible” and “longstanding, detailed allegations” that the nonprofit group Helping Hand for Relief and Development, or HHRD, which is “connected to designated terrorist organizations, terror financiers, and extremist groups.”
It’s unclear what the funding went for. But McCaul noted that he was forced to go public because USAID had ignored his requests for detailed information since last May.
When USAID finally did brief McCaul’s committee on Jan. 11, “it was clear that the agency had failed to take any action to investigate the allegations or suspend the award, despite having been provided detailed information by congressional staff months prior.”
“Shockingly,” he added, “one of the subject-matter experts in the briefing acknowledged that he had only been made aware of the matter the week before.”
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USAID, the congressman wrote, utterly failed in “its clear responsibility to promptly examine the allegations and to determine if it has been providing taxpayer dollars to an entity linked to designated terrorist organizations.”
“USAID’s gross negligence in handling this matter and its alarming failure to take the allegations seriously are simply unacceptable,” McCaul added.
He gave the agency until Feb. 7 to provide details.
As The Free Press noted on Monday, USAID just this month alone issued a new guide to teachers going overseas that directed them to help “promote gender fluidity and sexual orientation ideology in the classroom,” and to “ensure that education officials do not reveal a student’s sexual orientation or gender identity without the student’s permission,” not even to the student’s parents.
USAID also funded India with $30 million in taxpayers’ dollars to help India reduce its plastic pollution, even though India’s economy, although much smaller than America’s, will still grow six times as fast as the U.S. economy this year.
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