A statement from former President Donald Trump made last month after the Biden Administration announced that it had agreed to a prisoner exchange that would allow the Iranian regime to access more than $6 billion in funds has become incredibly relevant in the wake of widespread attacks on Israeli territory over the weekend.
On the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the Biden Administration announced hat it had secured the release of five American citizens who were long held in Iranian custody in exchange for $6 billion of Iranian funds held in South Korea. The funds had been frozen as a result of U.S. sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
Five Iranians held in U.S. jails were also released as part of the agreement, which was mediated by Qatar.
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) October 7, 2023
A statement condemning the deal from former President Donald Trump has resurfaced in the wake of the attacks that have left at least 600 Israelis dead and at least 100 more taken hostage, as the former president warned that it would encourage violence in the region.
“Can you believe that Crooked Joe Biden is giving $6 Billion to the terrorist regime in Iran? That money be used for terrorism all over the Middle East, and, indeed, the World. This incompetent FOOL is absolutely destroying America,” Trump wrote in a TruthSocial post after the deal was announced.
“He had the audacity to announce this terrible deal today, September 11th,” Trump continued. “To pay for hostages will lead to kidnapping, ransom, and blackmail against Americans across the globe. I freed many dozens of our people from various unfriendly countries and never paid a dime!”
Can you believe that Crooked Joe Biden is giving $6 Billion to the terrorist regime in Iran? That money be used for terrorism all over the Middle East, and, indeed, the World. This incompetent FOOL is absolutely destroying America. He had the audacity to announce this terrible… pic.twitter.com/vRynRtdfta
— Donald J. Trump Posts From His Truth Social (@TrumpDailyPosts) September 11, 2023
The former president again referenced Iran’s likely involvement in the attacks when issuing a statement of support for Israel on Saturday.
“These Hamas attacks are a disgrace and Israel has every right to defend itself with overwhelming force,” Trump wrote in a press release.
“Sadly, American taxpayer dollars helped fund these attacks, which many reports are saying came from the Biden Administration,” the statement continued. “We brought so much peace to the Middle East through the Abraham Accords, only to see Biden whittle it away at a far more rapid pace than anyone thought possible.”
More than 600 Israeli civilians and military personnel have been killed in the attacks while upwards of 100 people — including many children and elderly — have been kidnapped and transported to the Gaza Strip. U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken told Meet The Press that an unknown number of Americans may be among those killed or kidnapped.