FOX: The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it is withholding funding for a controversial U.N. refugee agency for Palestinians — but has not cut funding to the organization completely.
The State Department confirmed Tuesday that the U.S. is withholding $65 million of a planned $125 million installment to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, which provides health care, loans and other social services to Palestinian refugees in the region.
The U.S. gives approximately $364 million to UNRWA every year — making the U.S. the biggest contributor to the organization.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert described the $65 million as “frozen and being held for future consideration.” She told reporters that the U.S. wants to see “revisions” in how UNRWA operates but would not be drawn into specifics.
Nauert added that the U.S. decided against withholding all funds as the administration wanted to be sure that schools and medical services were not shut down. read more