Donald Trump in an early morning tweet on Sunday blasted an Obama-era payment to Iran, saying he has “never gotten over the fact” that no lawmakers or federal law enforcement officials called for an investigation.
“Never gotten over the fact that Obama was able to send $1.7 Billion Dollars in CASH to Iran and nobody in Congress, the FBI or Justice called for an investigation!” he
In addition to the implementation of the international nuclear accord and a prisoner swap to secure the release of five Americans, the Obama administration in early 2016 also sent Iran $1.7 billion to resolve a dispute surrounding an arms deal signed just before the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
The White House at the time denied the payment was “ransom.” The money was, in fact, Iran’s money to begin with.
But critics of the Iran nuclear agreement and the Obama administration’s engagement with Iran accused the White House of emboldening Tehran by flooding its economy with cash.
Trump has frequently criticized the Iran nuclear agreement, which he has called the “worst deal ever negotiated.”
In January, the White House said the president would again waive sanctions against Iran that were lifted as part of the landmark 2015 deal.
Trump at the time warned, however, that it would be the last such waiver, and called for a follow-up deal with Europeans and a legislative fix from Congress.
“Today, I am waiving the application of certain nuclear sanctions, but only in order to secure our European allies’ agreement to fix the terrible flaws of the Iran nuclear deal,” Trump said in a statement.
“This is a last chance. In the absence of such an agreement, the United States will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal. And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately. No one should doubt my word.”
Twitter tried to explain:
Because the money returned (plus interest) belonged to Iran! It was a refund of money that Iran paid to the US many years ago for weapons that the US never delivered.
— Seán Kelly (@IAmSeanKelly) February 18, 2018
no investigation because everyone knew and understood why it happened. Nothing shady. Please stop trying to distract.
— Jimmie Pursell (@jimmiepursell) February 18, 2018
That's because you're ignorant, which is because you're an idiot.
1) It was IRAN's money, not America's money.
2) The transfer was part of a deal with Iran that YOU have recertified twice.
Why are you bitching about a deal that you support? Or are you too stupid to know that? pic.twitter.com/FVWHBR23h0
— Jack Schofield (@jackschofield) February 18, 2018
The money belonged to Iran the whole time. It was being held as part of a nuclear deal from the Reagan era. Obama simply returned it to them when the time came. There was no treason. No terrorist involvement. Maybe do some research next time, honey
— Daughter of Ares (@gmwarns) February 18, 2018
WTF is wrong with you!
How uneducated are you?
This was Iran's money seized over 40 years ago
DO YOUR JOB
or GET OUT
Take your entire administration with you
Let some REAL LEADERS undo the damage that you've done#RESIGN or –#MuellerIsComing for the #TrumpCrimeFamily
— Elizabeth (@123izzie) February 18, 2018