Scott Statement on Iran News

Charleston, SC – U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) released the statement below regarding today’s report that the Obama Administration secretly sent Iran $400 million.

“This was no coincidence, the Obama administration knowingly agreed to pay Iran $1.7 billion dollars during the same month four Americans were released from Tehran back in January. While we are certainly thankful to welcome wrongly imprisoned Americans home, that agreement also occurred right after the President’s terrible Iran Deal was implemented. Then today, it was made public that a plane secretly airlifted 400 million of those dollars to the Iranian government, a country that has long since been regarded as a state sponsor of terror and considered one of the most dangerous nations in the world. It is truly unfathomable our current administration would allow this to occur. The United States should not negotiate with terrorists. It not only goes against our principles and core values, but it also makes Americans both here and abroad more vulnerable to being captured and attacked.

The lack of transparency in this deal was unacceptable. This is taxpayer money, and people across the country are entitled to know every detail of this transaction. They are owed answers.”