Barrack Hussein Obama’s last hours in the White House were spent defying two entities many people say he despised the most: Republicans and Israel.
He did this by having his administration release $221 million to the Palestinian Authority despite GOP House members putting a hold on the money.
From Fox News:
A State Department official and several congressional aides told The Associated Press that the outgoing administration formally notified Congress it would spend the money Friday morning.
The official said former Secretary of State John Kerry had informed some lawmakers of the move shortly before he left the State Department for the last time Thursday.
The aides said written notification dated Jan. 20 was sent to Congress just hours before Donald Trump took the oath of office.
In addition to the $221 million for the Palestinians, the Obama administration also told Congress on Friday it was going ahead with the release of another $6 million in foreign affairs spending, including $4 million for climate change programs and $1.25 million for U.N. organizations, the congressional aides said.
The aides and the State Department official weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity.
Although Congress had approved the Palestinian funding in previous budget years, two House Republicans had placed holds on it because the Palestinian Authority had taken steps in seeking membership in international organizations. According to the law, the president can defy the hold, and that’s exactly what Obama did in this case.
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