Not so fast, Obama.
The previous administration’s petulant $221 million donation to Palestine — who has a long history of being anti-America and anti-Israel — has officially been halted.
Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-Texas), who sits on the House Appropriations Committee, is very upset with President Barack Obama’s last-Friday-in-office decision to send the Palestinian Authority $221 million, a payment on which Granger had placed a hold because the PA had broken its commitment to the US and sought membership in international organizations, according to an early Wednesday PA report.
Those Congressional holds are not legally binding, but they are part of the ongoing business between the Administration and the branch of the legislator which holds the purse strings. Like disgruntled office workers on their last day at work, Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry broke that trust because they no longer had any business with this body.
Now President Trump’s State Department says it plans to review the rule-breaking decision to send $221 million to a Palestinian Authority that also breaks the rules, AP reports. On Tuesday, the department said it would make adjustments to in this unruly payment, to make sure it complies with its new priorities.
Dr. Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies told Business Insider that “Congress had been looking at various behaviors from Palestine — unilateral attempts at statehood, corruption, incitement of violence, and paying salaries to people in jail for terrorism — and that’s why the hold has been there.”
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