U.S. boosts aid to Jor­dan de­spite threats of cuts

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - NATION+WORLD -

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s rhetoric on pun­ish­ing coun­tries that don’t agree with U.S. pol­icy in the Mid­dle East col­lided with re­al­ity on Wed­nes­day as his ad­min­is­tra­tion an­nounced it would boost aid to Jor­dan by more than $1 bil­lion over the next five years.

De­spite Trump’s re­peated threats to cut as­sis­tance to such na­tions, Sec­re­tary of State Rex Tiller­son and Jor­dan’s For­eign Min­is­ter Ay­man al-Safadi signed the in­creased aid pack­age, which rep­re­sents a 27-per­cent in­crease over cur­rent lev­els and is two years longer than the ex­ist­ing one ne­go­ti­ated by the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Tiller­son called the pack­age “a sig­nal to the rest of the world that the U.S-Jor­dan part­ner­ship has never been stronger.”

Jor­dan is a crit­i­cal Amer­i­can part­ner in the volatile Mid­dle East but has op­posed the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ap­proach to the Is­raeli-Pales­tinian con­flict.

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