On Wednesday, President Trump criticized former President Barack Obama for the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran, claiming the missiles used by Iran on U.S. troops in Iraq were paid for by the money given to Iran under the Obama administration.
“The missiles fired last night at us and our allies were paid for with the funds made available by the last administration,” Trump said, referring to money the U.S. gave to Iran under Obama.
“Iran’s hostilities substantially increased after the foolish Iran nuclear deal was signed in 2013, and they were given $150 billion, not to mention $1.8 billion in cash,” he continued. “Instead of saying thank you to the United States, they chanted ‘Death to America.’”
The $150 billion refers to Iranian assets that been frozen by international sanctions, and the removal of those sanctions by Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. The $1.8 billion dollars refers to a cash payment from the U.S. to Iran under Obama.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) made the same criticism on Fox News’ “Hannity” on Tuesday night. Cruz said, “If you look at Iran policy I think you’ve seen a dramatic shift. Under Barack Obama, the policy was appeasement. The policy under the disastrous Iranian nuclear deal under Obama was to give over $100 billion to Iran. They literally flew $1.7 billion in cash in unmarked bills on pallets in the dead of night into Iran.”
Cruz continued. “In a very real sense, the missiles that we saw fired on U.S. service men and women tonight were paid for by the billions the Obama administration flooded the ayatollah with and if history teaches anything it’s don’t give billions of dollars who hate you and want to kill you.”