Mon Dec 2, 2019, 05:59 PM

Trump Administration Quietly Releases Lebanon Military Aid

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has quietly released more than $100 million in military assistance to Lebanon after months of unexplained delay that led some lawmakers to compare it to the aid for Ukraine at the center of the impeachment inquiry.

The $105 million in Foreign Military Financing funds for the Lebanese Armed Forces was released just before the Thanksgiving holiday and lawmakers were notified of the step on Monday, according to two congressional staffers and an administration official.

All three spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly to the matter.

The money had languished in limbo at the Office of Management and Budget since September although it had already won congressional approval and had overwhelming support from the Pentagon, State Department and National Security Council. The White House has yet to offer any explanation for the delay despite repeated queries from Congress.

Lawmakers such as Rep. Eliot Engel, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., had been pressing the administration since October to either release the funds or explain why it was being withheld. The State Department had notified Congress on Sept. 5 that the money would be spent.


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Mon Dec 2, 2019, 06:31 PM

1. Frankly I'm happy with the President doing his diligence and

assuring that our treasury is spent wisely. I know I'll receive flack over
this but I can't blame President Trump...there is so much and so many
involved in graft and corruption and in an unfriendly congressional
atmosphere he needs to check things out. The recipients will need the
money whenever it is sent. He is sending out a strong message to
countries that need this type of aid.

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