November 16, 2017
When Vice President Mike Pence said he was ready to get to work helping the world's Christians, he meant it. A few weeks after telling Americans that the administration was taking matters into its own hands -- and out of the U.N.'s, he proved it. Despite the obvious reluctance to move on Trump's agenda at USAID, Pence is personally driving the push to change the environment at the agency, where holdovers from the Obama years still seem to be dictating policy.
After Laura Ingraham exposed the office's "deep state" on her Fox News show, the administration got down to business, holding what the vice president called an "important meeting" on Tuesday with U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, USAID Director Mark Green, Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. The topic? Fast-tracking the relief to hot spots like Iraq and refugees from Syria.
Former Congressman Frank Wolf is one of the many leaders happy to see Mike Pence take the issue seriously. "There is a famous quotation that says, 'Silence in the face of evil is evil itself. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.' This administration is acting on the president's policy to direct much-needed resources and relief to Christians, Yazidis, and others persecuted for their faith in the Middle East."
Our brothers and sisters in Christ desperately need America's help. Shame on USAID if it lets politics get in the way.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.