US govt covering up Iran cash deal: Trump campaign

Washington: Trump campaign has alleged that the US government is engaged in a “cover-up” of its Iranian cash deal, notwithstanding the rebuttal by Obama administration of paying any ransom to Iran for the release of American prisoners.

“The Obama Administration is now engaged in a cover-up of their fly-by-night untraceable cash airlift to Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism,” Stephen Miller, senior policy advisor from the Trump Campaign alleged.

“President Obama’s refusal to acknowledge that these funds will end up being used to subsidise terror is shameful – and Hillary Clinton’s support for the President’s actions are a national disgrace,” he said.

The statement by Trump’s campaign came after US President Barack Obama refuted allegation of paying any ransom amount to the Iranians.

“The reason that we had to give them cash is precisely because we are so strict in maintaining sanctions, and we do not have a banking relationship with Iran, that we couldn’t send them a check, and we could not wire the money,” Obama told reporters at a Pentagon news conference.

Obama was responding to questions on a Wall Street Journal report that the US transferred a plane load of hard cash amounting to USD 400 million to Tehran at the same time when Iran released four American prisoners.

The Trump campaign did not appear to be convinced by Obama’s statement.

“The Obama-Clinton foreign policy gave rise to ISIS, made Iran flush with cash, and is now admitting vast numbers of refugees and migrants into the US from some of the most volatile regions in the world – including more than 100,000 migrants annually from the Middle East, plus they’re now on track to hit their target of 10,000 Syrian refugees this year through dangerously expediting their admission (which Hillary Clinton wants to increase by 550 per cent),” Miller said.

“But none of this is surprising from an Administration that allowed its Secretary of State to threaten the country with a private email server, delete her records, and lie about it to us all,” he said.

The House Speaker Paul Ryan yesterday alleged that the Obama administration secretly paid a ransom of USD 400 million to the world’s foremost state sponsor of terror. “President Obama pushed through his dangerous Iran deal despite overwhelming opposition from the American people.

He promised to hold them accountable. He hasn’t. Iran is stronger than ever – and there is nothing to prevent its regime from using this cash infusion to strengthen its nuclear program or fund terrorist organisations like Hamas and Hezbollah,” he said.

“Thanks to President Obama, the US and every other free nation is threatened by this rogue, aspiring nuclear power. This is unconscionable. It’s time to hold Iran accountable. It’s time to hold this administration accountable,” Ryan said.