American News May 18, 2021 7:10 PM EST

Psaki says Trump administration didn't do 'anything constructive' to end conflict in Middle East

Press secretary Jen Psaki slammed the Trump Administration for not doing "anything constructive" in efforts to cease Middle East conflict.

Psaki says Trump administration didn't do 'anything constructive' to end conflict in Middle East
Hannah Nightingale Washington DC
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In a White House press conference aboard Air Force One in route to Detroit, Michigan on Tuesday, press secretary Jen Psaki slammed the Trump Administration for not doing "anything constructive" in efforts to cease Middle East conflict.

"There's some idea that it might be time to rethink the thinking behind the Abraham Accords," asked one reporter. "What they really seem to say is 'forget the Palestinians, they're not a problem, we're just going to move on.'"

Psaki responded by addressing the aid the Biden Administration has authorized for Palestinians, and by slamming the Trump Administration for putting a halt to that aid back in 2018.

"I would say that we are not following the same tactics of the prior administration," said Psaki. "The president has reinstated humanitarian assistance and security assistance to the Palestinians, that's something that was stopped back in 2018, and we felt was not a constructive action by the prior administration."

"Aside from putting forward a peace proposal that was dead on arrival, we don't think they did anything constructive, really, to bring an end to the longstanding conflict in the Middle East," she continued.

Psaki restated that a to state solution, and support from the United States on both sides of the conflict for citizens of both Israel and Palestine continue to be the best outcome.

"So obviously we're dealing with a conflict that is happening as we speak. It is happening on the ground, people's lives are lost. There's ongoing violence. We're going to work to resolve that," said Psaki.

"But our view continues to be that providing that humanitarian and security assistance to the Palestinians, while still maintaining our longstanding security relationship with Israel is in the interest of the United States, and a two state solution which both parties would have to get together to agree on in the only way to have a long term outcome that's peaceful and lasting."

The Abraham Accords were signed between United States, Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates last fall at the White House by former President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed, the Minister of Foreign affairs for the, UAE and the Bahrain Foreign Affairs Minister, Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa that looked to strengthen peace relations in the region. For his efforts, Trump was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and relations were normalized between the Israel, the UAE and Bahrain.

Air Force One was in rout to Detroit for President Biden's visit to tour the Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in nearby Dearborn, as Congress begins to discuss Biden's $2 trillion jobs and infrastructure package which would include $1174 million to support US electric vehicle manufacturing.

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