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UN food program head warns of US budget cuts amid famine

  • WFP (World Food Program ) executive director Ertharin Cousin answers questions during an interview with The Associated Press, in Rome, Monday, April 3, 2017. The outgoing head of the U.N. World Food Program says she is certain Congress will reject the Trump administration's proposed budget cuts that threaten funding for major U.N. aid agencies, saying "No one in America believes that 'America First' means that other people must die." In an unusually blunt interview on the eve of her departure, Cousin joined Congressional Democrats and Republicans in rejecting the administration's proposal to reduce funding for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development by roughly 31 percent in the next fiscal year. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    WFP (World Food Program ) executive director Ertharin Cousin answers questions during an interview with The Associated Press, in Rome, Monday, April 3, 2017. The outgoing head of the U.N. World Food Program says she is certain Congress will reject the Trump administration's proposed budget cuts that threaten funding for major U.N. aid agencies, saying "No one in America believes that 'America First' means that other people must die." In an unusually blunt interview on the eve of her departure, Cousin joined Congressional Democrats and Republicans in rejecting the administration's proposal to reduce funding for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development by roughly 31 percent in the next fiscal year. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)  (The Associated Press)

  • WFP (World Food Program ) executive director Ertharin Cousin answers questions during an interview with The Associated Press, in Rome, Monday, April 3, 2017. The outgoing head of the U.N. World Food Program says she is certain Congress will reject the Trump administration's proposed budget cuts that threaten funding for major U.N. aid agencies, saying "No one in America believes that 'America First' means that other people must die." In an unusually blunt interview on the eve of her departure, Cousin joined Congressional Democrats and Republicans in rejecting the administration's proposal to reduce funding for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development by roughly 31 percent in the next fiscal year. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    WFP (World Food Program ) executive director Ertharin Cousin answers questions during an interview with The Associated Press, in Rome, Monday, April 3, 2017. The outgoing head of the U.N. World Food Program says she is certain Congress will reject the Trump administration's proposed budget cuts that threaten funding for major U.N. aid agencies, saying "No one in America believes that 'America First' means that other people must die." In an unusually blunt interview on the eve of her departure, Cousin joined Congressional Democrats and Republicans in rejecting the administration's proposal to reduce funding for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development by roughly 31 percent in the next fiscal year. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)  (The Associated Press)

  • WFP (World Food Program ) executive director Ertharin Cousin answers questions during an interview with The Associated Press, in Rome, Monday, April 3, 2017. The outgoing head of the U.N. World Food Program says she is certain Congress will reject the Trump administration's proposed budget cuts that threaten funding for major U.N. aid agencies, saying "No one in America believes that 'America First' means that other people must die." In an unusually blunt interview on the eve of her departure, Cousin joined Congressional Democrats and Republicans in rejecting the administration's proposal to reduce funding for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development by roughly 31 percent in the next fiscal year. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    WFP (World Food Program ) executive director Ertharin Cousin answers questions during an interview with The Associated Press, in Rome, Monday, April 3, 2017. The outgoing head of the U.N. World Food Program says she is certain Congress will reject the Trump administration's proposed budget cuts that threaten funding for major U.N. aid agencies, saying "No one in America believes that 'America First' means that other people must die." In an unusually blunt interview on the eve of her departure, Cousin joined Congressional Democrats and Republicans in rejecting the administration's proposal to reduce funding for the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development by roughly 31 percent in the next fiscal year. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)  (The Associated Press)

The outgoing head of the United Nations World Food Program says she is certain Congress will reject the Trump administration's proposed budget cuts for U.N. aid agencies, saying "No one in America believes that 'America First' means that other people must die."

Executive Director Ertharin Cousin leaves the program Tuesday after a five-year term leading the world's largest humanitarian organization. U.N. officials appointed former South Carolina Gov. David Beasley, the Trump administration's pick, as her successor last week.

In a blunt interview on the eve of her departure, Cousin joined Congressional Democrats and Republicans in rejecting the proposed cuts. While specific WFP figures weren't released, Cousin said: "I sincerely believe that no American wants to see images of starving babies."