Trump: US set to boost aid to Jordan despite Trump threats of cuts
AMMAN: Regardless of repeated threats to punish international locations that do not agree with US coverage within the Center East, the Trump administration is about to spice up help to Jordan by greater than $1 billion over the subsequent 5 years.
President Donald Trump has vowed to chop help to nations that oppose the US, but rhetoric seems to have hit actuality with Jordan, a important American companion within the unstable Center East that has opposed the administration’s Mideast method.
Jordan voted in December to sentence the US for recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and has criticized the US for withholding thousands and thousands in funding for Palestinian refugees, a lot of whom dwell in Jordan.
Nonetheless, US officers say the administration has determined to offer Jordan $1.275 billion yearly till 2022. That is $275 million extra per 12 months than the present stage.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Jordan’s international minister will signal the help settlement in Amman on Wednesday, based on officers, who weren’t licensed to preview the announcement and spoke on situation of anonymity.
The anticipated announcement seems to symbolize a victory of kinds for Tillerson and US Protection Secretary Jim Mattis, each of whom have been lobbying the administration to proceed such help on nationwide safety grounds. However Trump and his US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, have been urgent for help cuts.
Jordan, a longtime companion of the US and one among solely two Arab nations to have full diplomatic relations with Israel, is particularly important as an American ally, given its massive Palestinian inhabitants together with the inflow of a whole lot of hundreds of refugees from Syria.