Obama Admin. Reportedly Gave PA $221M On Day Of Trump’s Inauguration
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Obama Admin. Reportedly Gave PA $221M On Day Of Trump’s Inauguration

September 24, 2013, New York, NY, USA: President Barack Obama meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas after addressing the United Nations 68th General Assembly. JTA
September 24, 2013, New York, NY, USA: President Barack Obama meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas after addressing the United Nations 68th General Assembly. JTA

The Obama administration reportedly sent $221 million to the Palestinian Authority on the morning of Donald Trump’s inauguration.

The administration told Congress that it would send the funds hours before Trump was sworn in Friday, an anonymous State Department official and several congressional aides said, according to The Associated Press.

At least two unnamed Republican lawmakers had held up the money, AP reported, in an act that is not legally binding but is usually respected by the executive branch.

In total, the Obama administration sent over $227 million of foreign funding on Friday, including $4 million to climate change programs and $1.25 million to United Nations organizations, according to AP.

In 2016, the United States gave $557 million in assistance to the Palestinian Authority, according to USAID. Israel was the largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid last year, receiving $3.1 billion.

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