Trump: ‘Obama lied to us’ about Iran payment

by Jessie Hellmann | The Hill
August 21, 2016

President Obama lied to the American people about the U.S.’ $400 million payment to Iran, Donald Trump told supporters at a rally Saturday.

“While President Obama and Hillary Clinton are shrinking America’s military, they are also expanding, through allowing it to happen, the military of Iran,” Trump said at a rally in Fredericksburg, Va.

“They are doing this with their disastrous deal that puts Iran on a path to nuclear weapons and gives them another $150 million, not to mention the $400 million in cash, which turned out to be a ransom payment after all, just like I said. in other words, our president lied to us. He lied to us.”

The cash payment to the Iranian government is at the center of a new fight between Republicans and the Obama administration. Republicans allege that the payment was a ransom in exchange for the release of three American prisoners in Iran.

Obama has denied that it was a ransom and dismissed the criticism. He said it was money the U.S. owed to Iran and had been announced months ago as part of a larger diplomatic agreement over Tehran’s nuclear program. The payment was part of a $1.7 billion settlement resolving a dispute from an arms deal that occurred in the 1970s.

28 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Warren says:

    This is not News tell us when obama says something Truthful that will be a Real Story

  • Kanawah says:

    another Trump lie
    Lies and deception is all Trump and the republicans have to offer.

    1. CharlieSeattle says:

      U.S. Concedes $400 Million Payment to Iran Was Delayed as Prisoner ‘Leverage’

      The State Department conceded for the first time on Thursday that it delayed making a $400 million payment to Iran for several hours in January “to retain maximum leverage” and ensure that three American prisoners were released the same day.

      >>> LOL! The very definition of…………..RANSOM! <<<

      The story was given prominence on most news sites and in newspapers. The New York Times, for example, put the story on its front page.

      However, The Washington Post buried the story on page A-10, underneath a column about the National Park Service, according to NewsBusters. This was is in spite of one of the freed prisoners – Jason Rezaian – being a Washington Post reporter.

      The ransom story also was buried in Friday’s edition of USA Today, Newsbusters reports, with the paper placing the story on the bottom of page 5A. Both the Post and USA Today slapped the DOJ’s decision to phase out privately operated prisons on their front pages.

  • Angelika G says:

    Under his own made up rule, political correctness, he says what he wants and does what he wants. I don’t see that this PC nonsense is even legal..Obama is a “TEXT BOOK TRAITOR” and belongs in prison…Also that whole dubious nuclear Iran deal is set up for Iran to built their nukes a lot faster so that they can attack Israel and America, unless we and Israel are smarter than this traitor and Iran to take their nukes out before they can do any harm to anybody..I am standing with Mr. Trump because, at least if nothing else, he will work with Israel when the time comes to keep America and its people safe. Whoever believes in PC Clinton will destroy themselves…

  • Dolores Adams says:

    What do you know–another lying democrat.

  • GrizzMann says:

    From the White House, Oh that ransom. We thought it was the Bergdahl ransom, you were asking about.

  • bobnstuff says:

    Let rearrange the facts to suit the story. Is it paying a ransom if you pay it with their money? Why do the Republicans forget that the money we are sending to Iran is their money not ours. Yes, had the men not been released the money transfer would have been delayed. The thing to remember is it was the Iranians money in the first place. As far as their nuke program, they could have had a nuke any time they wanted to over the last ten years or so. Iran is not some backward uneducated country. They have more then enough people that could build a bomb for them and the ability to build a missile to deliver it. They have chosen not to have Nukes. What Iran does have is a penned up market for good from the west. The US can drop out of the agreement but we would be the only one doing it and our business’s would be the big losers here. With this agreement Iran has open it’s self to the world and it’s a lot harder to be sneaky with a bunch of foreigners around. When you get right down to it the problem with the agreement is that Obama made it, Had Reagan done it he would be called a hero for it.

    1. GrizzMann says:

      Ain’t make believe great?

      1. Rodney Steward says:

        He is eat up with stupid!

      2. bobnstuff says:

        Can you even find Iran on a map? Do you have any idea how many Iranians were educated in the US? Until 1979 Iran paid 100% of the citizens tuition to got to school here. I know history is not your forte but we once had very close relations with Iran and many people there would be very happy to be there once again. Right now the Republicans are pushing them into the Russian camp.

        1. Rodney Steward says:

          In the 70’s this was a good world, but that was 30 years ago, and we didn’t have a muslim Prez., ISIS, and another converter muslim running for Prez.(Hellary), and all of islam was trying to achieve their sick caliphate, KILL ALL NONE MUSLIMS!! I think U fall in that class!

          1. bobnstuff says:

            Who do you think is fighting ISIS, who has sent in troops. Iran. We educated their scientists at places like MIT and Stanford. There are a number of Iranians living here who would live to go home to visit family. Even with the embargo there has been back and forth between our countries. Your knowledge of Iran is about as good as your knowledge if Islam.

          2. GrizzMann says:

            I kind of stopped at kill all infidels, when I found out I am an infidel.

          3. bobnstuff says:

            I have seen in our press many times death to Muslims, all Muslims should be killed etc. Are we any better then them? It’s in the bible the Old Testament, that we should kill all non believers in fact that’s where the Quran got it from.

          4. Rodney Steward says:

            Must be why the Bible says you’re not to live by the Old Testament!

          5. GrizzMann says:

            What press do you read? All I see is Religion Of Peace. although they use the wrong spelling. It should read piece. As in how you are left after beheading?

          6. Rodney Steward says:

            HA, HA, know what U mean!!!!

          7. Rodney Steward says:

            You know what most of these people do that went to school here, MAKE BOMBS!! Iran and islam is one in the same, a cult of death, U own the grape today!

        2. GrizzMann says:

          Gee. My map shows Persia Where i thought Iran was. Sorry old map.

    2. Rodney Steward says:

      Bobby, you are so full of sh$t that you’re not even funny anymore, people use to laugh at U , not anymore! It doesn’t matter how many people they have to build the bomb, it’s the material! And U do know that this country is the biggest backer of terrorism in the WORLD! And this is the same country that has said that Israel has no place in this world! We shouldn’t even be giving our ENEMY any money plus interest, regardless if it is their money that they intend to use for evil, and then turn around and tell the world what a fool Obama is! WOW!!! And the money was sent to them just as they demanded, and when has the black boy done anything for the good of this country, no one has seen it in over 7 years! He continues to back islam in any way possible!

      1. bobnstuff says:

        Do you have any idea how much nuclear material there is floating around, They can get everything they need on the black market. When the USSR broke up a number of nukes went missing, They are out there and are causing sleepless nights for a lot of people. As far as what they are going to do with the money about two thirds of it is going to pay past debts, they owe a lot of money. Next they need a lot of basic things to return to the world, a big piece of that money going to our manufactures. Please do some homework.

        1. Rodney Steward says:

          I’ve been doing my homework, they’ve bought fighter jets from Russia, and a top notch missile defense system from Russia, and bought passenger plans and parts from us, without seats, now I wonder why no seats?? Surly not to make flying Bombs, right Bobby! This is the head of the snake, and Opey just fattened it up and turned it loose!

        2. CharlieSeattle says:

          If smuggled across Obama’s wide open southern border……..

          Several nukes may already be in the bottom of Yellowstone Lake atop the super volcano or elsewhere.

          The nukes can be set off by ELF wave at a later date.

          ELF waves can also penetrate significant distances into earth or rock, and “through-the-earth” underground mine communication systems … The Soviet/Russian Navy also utilized ELFs for submarine communications system, ZEVS. I’ve read that they can not be jammed.

          Now redo the math about why ranson is being paid now and why 2.3 trillion dollars was missing from the Pentagon the day BEFORE 9/11.

          1. bobnstuff says:

            You know that Obama asked for money to protect our border and the Congress said no. He moved people from the north to the south but that;a all he could do without money. The republicans like to talk about problems but do NOTHING to solve anything. Our immigration laws are a joke, we only have 20,000 employees to handle our borders, customs and immigration. Being in the country is the same level crime as a parking ticket, jumping the border is a $250 fine and up to 6 months in jail and you must have a hearing to be deported unless you are from Mexico. We are 60 weeks behind on those hearings. You can’t blame Obama for those laws, he ask to have them changed.

    3. Angelika G says:

      You are forgetting the “DANGEROUS” reason behind it all. Iran gets a lot of money to built nukes fast or faster….

      1. bobnstuff says:

        Here is some facts on the money.
        Trump got it mostly right, they get the money no matter what we do.

    4. Worried Vet says:

      First that money was the Shaw’s from an old deal. Five USA presidents said no Including democrat ones. That money should be paid to people Iran owes for being hostages and killing family members for no legit reason. Even the thought of Iran becoming nuclear should scare everyone and without inspections and giving them so much time is a joke. This deal was bad all the way around. Screw the profit margins for companies who want to sell to Iran. They have not for decades and make plenty so why let greed cause wwiii? Any government that threatens us and any other countries by wiping us out has no business with any type of nuclear power or weapon. The world sit and watched Hitler rebuild their army, air force and navy for years even though it was against the treaty from wwi, look where that got the world. It’s asinine to even consider giving Iran anything as long as these radicals are in power.

      1. bobnstuff says:

        It was the sanctions that has helped keep the radicals in power. Never in history has isolating a country worked. It’s much easier to convince your people that we are their enemy if they are not doing business with you and have no dealings with you. The more Iran deals with the west the less power the Ayatollah will have. The President of Iran is pro west.

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