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Trump budget spotlights Tunisia in pitch to overhaul foreign military aid

The State Department is dangling potential US aircraft sales to Tunisia as part of its pitch to overhaul foreign military aid.
Tunisian soldiers stand in front of military equipment offered to Tunisia by the United States, in Tunis, Tunisia, May 12, 2016  REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi - S1BETDRQOCAA

The Donald Trump administration is doubling down on its 3-year-old pitch to Congress to overhaul foreign military aid — and it’s using one of Capitol Hill’s favorite countries to do it.

The State Department’s 2021 budget, released Monday, highlights Tunisia’s request to purchase $500 million in US-made light attack aircraft to bolster the administration's request for $8 billion in global loan authority under the foreign military financing (FMF) program.

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