US govt reviewing Obama admin's last-minute decision to send Palestinians $221m aid
Just hours before Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday, former secretary of State, John Kerry announced that Obama's administration will release the money to Palestine territory but the State Department has said it will review the aid and see if it falls in line with Trump's administration policies.
The congress had approved funds for the Palestine Aid in the 2015 and 2016 budgets, but they were placed on holds by two major republican lawmakers, Ed Royce and Kay Granger, because they felt Palestine was seeking membership in international organizations.
Trump, by the way sees the Palestine and Israel relationship in a different way to how Obama saw it. Obama for some time has been trying to support political and security reforms in Palestine while Trump is a big supporter of Israel and has even invited Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Washington next month.
Kay Granger of Texas, who sits on the House Appropriations Committee, released a statement on Tuesday saying: “I am deeply disappointed that President Obama defied congressional oversight and released $221 million to the Palestinian territories.”
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.”