When news broke that the United States packed up $400 million in cash on pallets then flew it in an unmarked plane to Iran in January when American hostages were released, Americans everywhere were in shock and angry. The United States has a policy that it does not pay ransom for hostages and Obama was adamant that the money was not a ransom. The timing of it all was just some odd coincidence, according to Obama who said on August 4, “We do not pay ransom. We didn’t here, and we won’t in the future.”
Obama claimed the money was paid in relation to a settlement with Iran for a dispute dating back to the 1970s. And if you believe that, in the words of George Strait, I’ve got some oceanfront property in Arizona. On Friday, as Obama golfs while Louisiana floods, the State Department offered an attempt at an explanation for the $400 million payment to Iran that will leave you wondering….how is this not a ransom?
BREAKING: State Dept. says $400 million cash payment to Iran was contingent on American prisoners' release.
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 18, 2016
State Department spokesman John Kirby was asked at a press briefing: “In basic English, you’re saying you wouldn’t give them $400 million in cash until the prisoners were released, correct?”
“That’s correct,” he replied.
I have news for you, Johnny. What Obama and the Statement Department did, refusing to give the $400 IN CASH until the prisoners were released is the textbook definition of a ransom payment.
Yet another example of Barack Obama being caught in a flagrant lie.