Washington (CNN)The head of the US Agency for International Development, Mark Green, will step down, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday. Green’s departure, which sources at USAID say has been long planned, comes as the US ramps up its domestic and international response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 168,000 people worldwide and killed more than 6,000, according to the World Health Organization.USAID, the primary agency overseeing global US humanitarian aid, has been a central part of US efforts to aid other countries as the coronavirus has spread to 146 countries and territories.”It is with pride, and not a little sadness, that I announce my plans to leave USAID and return to the private sector next month,” Green said in a statement. “The purpose of foreign assistance is to end the need for its existence. The work of USAID every day provides a powerful return on investment to the American taxpayers for our national security, our economic growth — this generosity is simply in our DNA as a country.”Pompeo described Green as a “brilliant administrator,” while lawmakers praised him as an official who “never shied away from speaking truth to power.” Pompeo’s statement made no mention


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