US Quietly Releases $100M In Withheld Aid To Lebanon

The Associated Press reports:

The Trump administration has quietly released more than $100 million in military assistance to Lebanon after months of unexplained delay that led some lawmakers to compare it to the aid for Ukraine at the center of the impeachment inquiry.

The $105 million in Foreign Military Financing funds for the Lebanese Armed Forces was released just before the Thanksgiving holiday and lawmakers were notified of the step on Monday, according to two congressional staffers and an administration official.

The White House has yet to offer any explanation for the delay despite repeated queries from Congress. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., had been pressing the administration since October to either release the funds or explain why it was being withheld.