Officials say the Obama administration in its waning hours defied Republican opposition and quietly released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority, Business Insider reports.
GOP members of Congress had been holding up the money.
A State Department official and several congressional aides say the outgoing administration formally notified Congress it would spend the money Friday morning, just before Donald Trump became president.
More than $227 million in foreign affairs funding was released at the time, including $4 million for climate change programs and $1.25 million for U.N. organizations.
At least two GOP lawmakers had placed holds on the Palestinian funds. Congressional holds are generally respected by the executive branch but are not legally binding.
The official and the aides weren't authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity.
The last minute Palestinian funding is likely to draw anger from some in Congress as well as the Trump White House. Trump has vowed to be a strong supporter of Israel and has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Washington next month.
Now, if you believe the American taxpayer's money would be better spent on for example urban development in for example Chicago, where it is needed, then you probably voted for Trump, and thank you for that, because Hillary had serious "debts" world wide.
DON'T MISS A POST - FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK!
Comments at Speisa are unmoderated. We do believe in free speech, but posts using foul language, as well as abusive, hateful, libelous and genocidal posts, will be deleted if seen. However, if a comment remains on the site, it in no way constitutes an endorsement by Speisa of the sentiments contained therein.comments powered by Disqus
Report: USA fills up the Middle East with weapons
A third of all weapons exported are American, and nearly half of the US weapons end up in the Middle East, according to a new report by the peace research institute SIPRI.