Donald Trump threatens to cut off aid to Palestinians

Donald Trump threatens to cut off aid to Palestine

Donald Trump spoke at the World Economic Forum

Friday, January 26, 2018

Donald Trump has threatened to cut off aid to the Palestinian people unless their leaders start negotiations with Israel.

He made the threat whilst speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, according to Fox Business.

Trump claimed Palestinian leaders had been disrespectful, particularly as "we give them hundred of millions of dollars in aid and support." He went on to say "that money is not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace."

He said this because senior figures in the Palestinian Territories refused to meet US Vice President Mike Pence when he visited the Middle East, due to their anger over his boss's decision on Jerusalem.

Palestinians have long suspected Trump of being biased towards Israel. The Republican billionaire has established cordial relations with Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu, meeting him in Davos yesterday, and he inflamed tensions late last year by recognising Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state.

Palestinian spokesman Nabil Abu Rdeneh hit back at Trump's latest comments today (January 26) by saying the President's "language of dictation is unacceptable."

Other US Presidents have stated their concern over the Palestinian Territories, but Trump is the first to threaten and end to aid based on negotiations.

Trump is also the first sitting President to go to the forum since 2000.

The US President told CNBC he wanted to attend the forum as he was thinking of "lots of people that want to invest lots of money and they're all coming back to the United States."