Former President Barack Obama took advantage of his last day in office to release $221 million in funds to the Palestinian Authority. These funds are said to be used for humanitarian aid in the West Bank and Gaza, as well as other undisclosed projects around governance and political reform.
Republican members of congress did their best to block this hemorrhaging of funds and although a hold placed by members of Congress are generally respected by the executive branch, they are not legally binding.
An additional $4 million in funding was released to aid in climage change programs and $1.25 million was given to various UN agencies to use for projects dealing with sexual exploitation, ozone protection, and peacebuilding.
This news comes on the heels of the Trump Administration announcing plans to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. With the administration in the beginning stages of making this transition, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Mr. Trump by telephone on Sunday evening, however, the White House statement released after the call made no mention of the embassy.
Via Yahoo: President Donald Trump invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Washington in early February during a phone call in which they discussed the importance of strengthening the U.S.-Israeli relationship, the White House said on Sunday.
In his first call with Netanyahu since taking office on Friday, Trump stressed his “unprecedented commitment to Israel’s security.”
It’s not difficult to see the stark difference between some of President Obama’s last actions in office and some of President Trump’s first actions. Our new Commander in Chief is obviously planning to look out for our allies and mend the fences that his predecessor broke.