Barack Hussein Obama has found himself in hot water this week after it was revealed that he secretly flew $400 million stashed inside wooden pallets out to Iran as four Americans were released from Tehran.
According to Daily Mail, the Obama administration has denied that this was a ransom payment despite all the evidence to the contrary.
The pallets were reportedly stuffed with euros, Swiss francs and other foreign currencies, and they arrived in Tehran on January 17. Later that day, four US citizens were released in exchange for seven Iranians held in the United States.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the Obama administration claimed that this deal was part of a $1.7 billion settlement to resolve a failed 1979 arms deal. However, critics have pointed out that Obama failed to make any mention of the $400 million when he announced the prisoner exchange.
“With the nuclear deal done, prisoners released, the time was right to resolve this dispute as well,” Obama said on January 17.
Iranian officials had demanded the return of the $400 million which was paid to the Pentagon by Iran so that they could buy U.S. fighter jets. Officials close to Obama have admitted that Iranian leaders demanded cash so that they could show they had won something from the US in negotiations.
“As we’ve made clear, the negotiations over the settlement of an outstanding claim…were completely separate from the discussions about returning our American citizens home,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said.