Rep. Zeldin on Obama Admin. Airlifting $400 Million Ransom Payment to Iran

August 3, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released a statement today following breaking news that the Obama Administration airlifted $400 million to Iran on the day of a negotiated release of four detained Americans:

“Paying a $400 million cash ransom to the world’s largest state sponsor of terror, shows that yet again the Obama administration will go to great lengths, at any and all costs, to appease Iran and show weakness to our enemies. This ransom has already proven to result in the consequences of why America shouldn't have agreed to this payment in the first place. Iran has started imprisoning multiple Iranian-Americans again as well as foreigners from other nations, which are America's allies. When deals like this are cut, one has to truly wonder whether the President has no idea what he is doing, or if he knows exactly what he is doing and is playing for some other team. Unfortunately, paying a $400 million ransom is no game and the consequences are grave."