Green’s confirmation has received positive remarks among members of the U.S. aid community, which has been grappling with uncertainties surrounding U.S. foreign assistance. They acknowledged, however, the challenge ahead for the new USAID chief.
The newly confirmed administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development spoke to his colleagues at the agency's headquarters Monday and told them what kind of administrator they can expect him to be.
In a roundtable with reporters mid-August, Green, just on his second week in the role, already had to deal with a bombardment of questions relating to how his agency will address climate change issues.
Since taking office, U.S. President Donald Trump has emphasized an “American first” rhetoric and has proposed deep cuts to U.S. foreign affairs spending, which includes closure of several USAID missions around the world. One of Trump’s decisions in his first few months in office was also to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.