President Donald Trump has already had historically significant foreign policy wins. Now, he’s on the verge of yet another.
President Trump confirmed on Monday that he is poised to cancel Sudan’s designation as a State Sponsors of Terrorism provided they fork over $335 million to terror victims’ families, the Washington Examiner reported.
Trump touted the agreement on Twitter Monday, calling it “justice” and a “big step for Sudan.”
GREAT news! New government of Sudan, which is making great progress, agreed to pay $335 MILLION to U.S. terror victims and families. Once deposited, I will lift Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism list. At long last, JUSTICE for the American people and BIG step for Sudan!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 19, 2020
This is the first step toward the African nation normalizing relations with Israel. The country would join the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to become the third Arab country to recently do so under the Trump administration.
The monies paid will be earmarked for reparations to the victims of the 1998 attacks on U.S. Embassies in Tanzania and Kenya and the 2000 bombing attack on the U.S.S. Cole Navy ship. Al-Qaida was responsible for both incidents against Americans.
Both President Bill Clinton and former President George W. Bush did nothing to retaliate during their administrations, the Wall Street Journal reported. It wasn’t until Trump sent an airstrike that killed the mastermind jihadist, Jamal al-Badawi, that the U.S. had officially answered for 17 dead Americans.
Our GREAT MILITARY has delivered justice for the heroes lost and wounded in the cowardly attack on the USS Cole. We have just killed the leader of that attack, Jamal al-Badawi. Our work against al Qaeda continues. We will never stop in our fight against Radical Islamic Terrorism!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2019
According to the New York Times, Sudan has been on the terror list since 1993 when the U.S. determined the country’s leader participated in the attacks on the Cole and the embassies and gave aid to Hezbollah and other Palestinian terror groups. Once Sudan is removed, only Syria, Iran, and North Korea would remain on the list.
Trump’s adversaries in the liberal media have tried to ignore the most important foreign policy story of the 21st century. Still, the president perseveres in brokering deals and signing historic treaties.
Trump had done what was said to be impossible: He has gotten Arab states to accept the Jewish state of Israel without ceding any territory to their enemies.