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Trump administration withholding over $100 million of military aid to Lebanon

Christian Fernsby ▼ | November 23, 2019
The Trump administration is withholding more than $100 million in U.S. military assistance to Lebanon.
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American administration   That has been approved by Congress
That has been approved by Congress and is favored by Trump’s national security team, an assertion of executive control of foreign aid that is similar to the delay in support for Ukraine at the center of the impeachment inquiry.

Topics: Trump military Lebanon

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday congratulated Lebanon as the country marked its independence day, but made no mention of the hold-up in aid that State Department and Pentagon officials have complained about for weeks.

It came up in impeachment testimony by David Hale, the No. 3 official in the State Department, according to a transcript of the closed-door hearing released this week. He described growing consternation among diplomats as the administration would neither release the aid nor provide an explanation for the hold. “People started asking: What’s the problem?” Hale told the impeachment investigators.