The Sky News host accused Rishi Sunak of “turning his back” on the most vulnerable and poorest in the world as he announced a cut to foreign aid contributions on Wednesday. But the Chancellor defended his choice, blasting: “What does that say of all these other countries who spend far less than we do? If you had them here, what would you say to them?”
Kay Burley argued: “You have to look at yourself in the mirror and think because of what I’ve done 100,000 people could die.”
But the Chancellor hit back: “Equally, you could get pretty much any other leader in here and tell them you guys are making the choice not to do what we’re doing here!
“And I stand here very proud of this country’s contribution to tackling the world’s most difficult problems and helping the world’s poorest, and making a difference on issues like climate change.
“There are lots of things that we do as a country. People should feel enormously proud.”
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He added: “Is it a difficult decision? Of course it is a difficult decision – no one wants to be having to make these difficult decisions.
“But this is about an economic emergency that I described yesterday and we’re going to have record-level peacetime borrowing and debt…
“I don’t think anyone could characterise our level of support for the poorest countries as turning our back.
“We’ll be spending more as a percentage of GDP than France, Canada, the US, Japan.”
“What did he choose to do instead? Well he hit people’s pockets, he decided to, yes, focus that pay freeze on police and on teachers.
“Now that means they’re not going to be spending in our high streets.”
She said the UK is in a “very, very difficult economic position”, adding: “We’re experiencing the worst economic downturn in the G7, we needed to see really resolute action to build up confidence, to get those jobs being created again.
“And unfortunately we just didn’t see enough of that from the Chancellor yesterday.”