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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Trump cancels $221 million check to Palestinians

Hours before his presidency ended, Barack Obama placed a bag of dog doo on the front porch of the White House, and lit it.

Well, actually it was a check for $221 million to an anti-Israeli group, the Palestinian Authority.

President Trump canceled the check.

Congress and Obama had tussled over the handout of American money for months. Obama tried to sneak the check through. A few hours before the inauguration, former Secretary of State John Kerry notified Congress that the check was in the mail.

Ha ha ha.

From United With Israel:
The Trump administration announced it is freezing the move.
The State Department is reviewing the last-minute decision by former Secretary of State John Kerry to send $221 million dollars to the Palestinians late last week.
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When asked about the transfer by a reporter during Tuesday’s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that “[Trump] is very concerned about how taxpayer money is spent, whether it’s sent overseas and what we get for it in terms of the relationship or our support for a democracy or aid to another country for their defenses. But he’s going to be examining all aspects of the budget… He’s going to make sure that every deal, every dollar that is spent by the government is done in a way that respects the American taxpayer.”
Israel became an independent, democratic state in 1948. For 60 years, every president supported Israel.

Then came Obama.

Nice to have a president who supports democracy again.

GOOD.

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12 comments:

  1. A Stop Payment order. Hahaha! I LOVE the cut of Mr. Trump's jib. That money would have been used to kill Israelis. Let's not kid ourselves. I wouldn't want be Obama or Kerry on Judgment Day. It will not go well for them...

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  2. I was hoping that would happen.

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  3. Make Isreal safe again.
    Muslim for Trump.
    libby

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  4. The so-called "Palestinians" shouldn't get one red cent of U.S. Taxpayer money. They are terrorists or terrorist supporters every one. Israel should annex the West Bank just like they did the Golan Heights. The U.S. should move the embassy to Jerusalem. If the "Palestinians" respond with violence, put them down with violence. The so-called "youthful protesters" throwing rocks are in reality young men with deadly slingshots. Think David and Goliath. Semitic languages are very similar. The name Hamas is used as an acronym, but used as a word it means "violence, wrong, cruelty, injustice." Those people are a cancer that must be removed before it gets any worse. And no, I'm not Jewish. - Elric

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  6. Off topic, but Glenn Reynolds' USA Today article has this in the middle: "If you read Don Surber’s election book, Trump the Press, it becomes pretty obvious that the press hasn’t been very good at understanding Trump’s strategies, or at responding to them. So far, there’s no sign of that changing as we move from the Trump campaign to the Trump administration."

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  7. Good read Sam and Reynolds is correct.
    The 3rd and best option which Glenn neglected to mention was WORK with the Trump administration in a fair and measured way.
    The Donald is a generous man if one's intentions are honourable.
    I could almost guarantee that they wouldn't regret it.

    Naw!... I don't think they're smart enough for that.

    Sam C

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  8. The money was supposed to be used for "humanitarian" purposes in Gaza, although we all know it would have been used to pay the salaries of terrorists who run that cesspool now. When the Israelis withdrew from Gaza, handing it over to the Palestinians, they took with them only their dead and religious items from their synagogues. They left a huge gift of an intact infrastructure to the Palestinians...who then proceeded to destroy it instead of using it to create a working quasi-state. A pox on them. They had their chance, AGAIN, and they blew it. I am certain Trump intends to withhold all payments to the Palestinians, whichever branch of terrorists they are, until they come to the negotiating table and talk to the Israelis, the first step of which will be to recognize the right of Israel to exist as a sovereign state. There will be a clear message from DC: no recognition of Israel, no money from US. That's the art of the deal.

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  9. I can't wait for Netanyahu's first visit to the Trump White House. He will be honored and go in the front door this time

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    1. Then we'll see how the media report it...if they do.

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  10. Israel is not only the only democracy in the ME, until Obama is was the ONLY real friend of the US in that neck of the woods.

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