RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A senior Palestinian official has lashed out at President Donald Trump, saying "real estate men" can't resolve the Middle East conflict.

Tuesday's remarks by Saeb Erekat, a veteran peace negotiator, came as the White House is expected to unveil a long-awaited peace plan.

Erekat says the White House "should be run by great men, not real estate men," and that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict "won't be solved by the tools of real estate men."

Erekat also said the Palestinian Authority will continue its payments to the families of jailed or slain Palestinian militants, after Israel passed a law this week withholding millions in taxes it collects for the Palestinians which are allocated for that purpose.

The Israeli move deepened a budget crunch for the Palestinians, already hit by U.S. aid cuts.