The Obama administration justified its foreign aid spending late Monday, days after Republican presidential candidates promised that if elected, they would reconsider all foreign aid packages – including Israel’s.

During a press briefing held in Honolulu, Hawaii, a White House official said that “there are a number of countries where the United States directly benefits from having a role in those countries, and that we can certainly help – that the provision of civilian assistance is critical to the success of promoting American interests and serving American interests in countries around the world.”

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