The Obama State Department wants the American people to rest assured that the $400 million dollars the U.S. paid Iran at the same time four American prisoners were released was just a coincidence and not a ransom.
State Dept. spokesman John Kirby said Tuesday the money was part of a decades old dispute over an arms deal and had nothing to do with the release of the prisoners.
Reports of link between prisoner release & payment to Iran are completely false. @POTUS statement from Jan: https://t.co/5yuzGxD14s
— John Kirby (@statedeptspox) August 3, 2016
“The negotiations over the [arms deal] settlement … were completely separate from the discussions about returning our American citizens home. Not only were the two negotiations separate, they were conducted by different teams on each side,” he said.
“The funds that were transferred to Iran were related solely to the settlement of a long-standing claim at the U.S.-Iran Claims Tribunal at The Hague.”
That would have to be one heck of a coincidence.
Social media wasn’t buying it.
@statedeptspox @enfein @POTUS A foolish line to hold. Whether the links were formal or not is a diplomatic fiction. They were there.
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) August 3, 2016
@statedeptspox @POTUS @WhiteHouse Sorry, but you guys also told us Bergdahl was a hero. You’ve lost all credibility. No one believes you.
— Doug Sheridan (@dougsheridan) August 3, 2016
@statedeptspox @POTUS @WhiteHouse Good God man! Doesn’t it bother you, that everyone knows you’re lying! Even 2yr olds! ?
— thomas arthur (@MrdannyArthur) August 3, 2016
@statedeptspox @StateDept @POTUS Payment of $ 400 million as Ransom. Kerry should be fired Obama impeached Trump right IDIOTS at STATE ??
— Trump for President (@gregory2831) August 3, 2016
@statedeptspox Kirby you can say all you want what you thought was said on TV but there’s videos and audio selection what was said.
— K Honesty (@ubeaccountable2) August 3, 2016
I see. It’s like donating to the Clinton Foundation and then coincidental magic good things happen.@statedeptspox
— S D Winkler (@sdwinkler) August 3, 2016
@statedeptspox @POTUS Spin, spin, spin. Obama will be sending Iran enriched uranium soon.
— T Johnson (@tardjohnson) August 3, 2016
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