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Congressman Zeldin Statement on Politico Report re: President Obama and Iran

April 25, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, released the following statement in response to a new Politico Investigative report with disturbing new details about the Obama administration's prisoner exchange with Iran:

“Once again we are reminded of how brutally incompetent President Obama's foreign policy was, especially as it related to Iran. I can't say that I am surprised in the least by these most recent findings of secrecy, lacking transparency, and utter incompetency. The Obama administration sought to appease the Iranians at any and all cost. From a terribly weak kneed response to the Green Revolution of 2009, to a horribly flawed Iran Nuclear Deal, poorly decided ransom payment, and embarrassing handling of the disgraceful detention of 10 U.S. Navy Sailors, the legacy of the Obama administration's Iran policy is one that is riddled with lessons learned for future Presidents of a path that should never be repeated. The United States is a nation that is not even close to equals with Iran. We are the greatest nation in the world and we must reposition our posture from one of weakness to one of strength. That is all that this adversary respects. As Iran continues to grow into a regional powerhouse due to a terribly flawed approach on our part in recent years, the best way to prevent war, protect our national security and that of our allies, and push back against all of Iran's many other bad activities, is to reestablish our leverage with sanctions and other tools that would force the Iranians back to the table. We are propping up the wrong regime right now and the consequences we face and those of our allies are grave, but fortunately can be avoided.”