Trump Administration Cuts $200 Million in Aid to Palestinians

HeadlineAug 27, 2018

The Trump administration says it is cutting more than $200 million in aid to the West Bank and Gaza. Palestinian leaders are denouncing the move, accusing the Trump administration of “weaponizing” humanitarian aid. This is Wasel Abu Yousef of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Wasel Abu Yousef: “The United States of America and President Trump’s administration is blackmailing and putting pressure on the Palestinian people. This decision cuts the aid, including the last $200 million. We were completely expecting it under the policy of blackmailing and threatening that the United States of America practices and in the context of passing what is called the deal of the century.”

The cuts to humanitarian aid comes after the Trump administration already withheld $65 million in funding for UNRWA, the U.N. agency that provides humanitarian aid to Palestinians, earlier this year.

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