US ready to hold millions of dollars from UN agency for Palestinians: report

US ready to hold millions of dollars from UN agency for Palestinians: report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest MORE is reportedly ready to cut part of the United States's aid package to the United Nations (U.N.) agency that oversees aid to Palestinian refugees, The Associated Press reported on Sunday.

The news outlet, citing anonymous officials, said Trump is mulling cutting aid for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency from $125 million to $60 million but has not yet made a decision.

A decision may come as soon as Tuesday, according to the AP.

Secretary of Defense James MattisJames Norman MattisThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico Trump needs a national security adviser who 'speaks softly' US could deploy 150 troops to Syria: report MORE and Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonTillerson: Netanyahu 'played' Trump with misinformation Pompeo sees status grow with Bolton exit Trump blasts 'Mr. Tough Guy' Bolton: 'He made some very big mistakes' MORE reportedly support the decision to cut the first portion of the aid package.


The State Department on Sunday told the AP that “the decision is under review.”

“There are still deliberations taking place,” the State Department said. 

The potential move comes after Trump earlier this month vented about aid the U.S. provides to the Palestinians, criticizing them for not wanting “to negotiate a long overdue peace treaty with Israel.”

“As an example, we pay the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect. They don’t even want to negotiate a long overdue ...  peace treaty with Israel,” Trump wrote on Twitter earlier this month. 

“We have taken Jerusalem, the toughest part of the negotiation, off the table, but Israel, for that, would have had to pay more. But with the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?”

The U.N. Relief and Works Agency was created after the 1948 Arab-Israeli War to help displaced Palestinians refugees. The agency receives funding from member states of the U.N.

The State Department earlier this month said the administration would also halt security assistance to Pakistan, citing the nation’s failure to fight terrorist groups operating within its borders.