Jan 2, 2018

Trump threatens to cut aid to Palestinians

President Trump has issued two tweets threatening to cut U.S. aid to the Palestinians, claiming Palestinian leadership hasn't shown "appreciation or respect," or willingness to negotiate a peace deal.

The backdrop: Palestinian leaders have said Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital removed any possibility of his administration serving as the broker of a peace deal. The House passed a bill last month that would limit U.S. aid to the Palestinians over concerns the government was "rewarding Palestinians who kill Americans and Israelis," per the AP.

This follows another tweet from Trump claiming, "the United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit."

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