The State Department is reviewing a last-minute decision by former Secretary of State John Kerry to send $221 million dollars to the Palestinians late last week over the objections of congressional Republicans.The department said Tuesday it would look at the payment, one of the Obama administration’s final acts in office, 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 Donald Trump’s inauguration.
“I was tracking President Obama’s 11th-hour moves on the Palestinians, and this issue never came up once … Most analysts and observers didn’t think Obama would or could do this,” Dr. Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies told Business Insider.”
Here more from NewsMax:
“Former Secretary of State John Kerry had officially notified Congress that his department would release the money last Friday morning, according to the news network. Congress had approved the funding, but some lawmakers had placed holds on it, Fox News reported.
Congressional holds are generally respected by the White House, but are not legally binding.
“I am deeply disappointed that President Obama defied congressional oversight and released $221 million to the Palestinian territories,” Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, who sits on the House Appropriations Committee, said. “I worked to make sure that no American taxpayer dollars would fund the Palestinian Authority unless very strict conditions were met. The Obama Administration’s decision to release these funds was inappropriate.”