On Monday, leading Republican presidential candidate and 45th President Donald Trump took to Truth Social to slam President Biden's hostage deal with Iran.
The deal would allow for $6 billion in frozen funds to be unsanctioned by international banks that were the result of oil sales from countries like South Korea and Qatar, per Newsweek. In addition to releasing the money, the Biden administration will also be handing over five Iranians in American custody in exchange for five American citizens.
"This absolutely ridiculous 6 Billion Dollar Hostage Deal with Iran has set a terrible PRECEDENT for the future," Trump wrote. "Buckel up, you are going to see some terrible things start to happen. The 3 years ago highly respected USA has become a laughingstock all over the WORLD. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. VOTE TRUMP!!!"
"Toward the end, it got so that countries didn’t even start the conversation asking for money, because they knew they would not get it," Trump explained. "Once you pay, you always pay, & MANY MORE HOSTAGES WILL BE TAKEN. Our grossly incompetent 'leader,' Crooked Joe Biden, gave 6 BILLION DOLLARS for 5 people. Iran gave ZERO for 5. He’s Dumb as a ROCK!"
Trump wasn't the only Republican to slam Biden for the abysmal hostage deal. In a statement, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) wrote, “First Joe Biden used 9/11 as an excuse to flee Afghanistan. Now he desecrates this day by paying ransom to the world’s worst state sponsor of terrorism. Shameful."
“It’s ridiculous for US to be blackmailed into paying $6B for hostages which will help indirectly finance the number 1 foreign policy of Iran: terrorism Last time it was $1.7B traded for hostages next time it will probably be $10B the price keeps going up & up,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) wrote.
The five Americans who were swapped for the Iranians plus $6 billion landed in Qatar on Monday where they were greeted by Qatari and US officials, per NBC News. The Americans will be flying via government plane back to the United States to be reunited with their families.
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