During his final hours in office, former President Barack Obama sent $221 million to the Palestinians, a move that angered both Americans and Israelis.
It was a move that clearly demonstrates Obama did not view Israel, our strongest ally in the Middle East, as anything other than a thorn in his side.
We reported on this payment to the Palestinians, and initially lamented that it didn’t “appear as though President Donald Trump would be able to block the money sent to the Palestinians.”
We’re learning now that Trump might just be able to do something. In fact, he has. He’s putting a freeze on the whole thing and having the State Department investigate.
Via Fox News:
The State Department announced Tuesday that it will review the last-minute decision by former Secretary of State John Kerry to send $221 million to the Palestinians late last week over the objections of congressional Republicans.
The department said it would look at the payment and might make adjustments to ensure it comports with the Trump administration’s priorities.
Kerry formally notified Congress that State would release the money Friday morning, just hours before President Trump took the oath of office.
Republican Senator Kay Granger explains:
…She added: “I worked to make sure that no American taxpayer dollars would fund the Palestinian Authority unless very strict conditions were met. While none of these funds will go to the Palestinian Authority because of those conditions, they will go to programs in the Palestinian territories that were still under review by Congress. The Obama Administration’s decision to release these funds was inappropriate.”
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Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer said Obama’s move “was a final slap at Israel by Obama on the way out the door.”
Now President Trump is slapping back by trying to put a stop to Obama’s efforts.