September 28, 2023

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Trump rips Biden for move toward lifting freeze on $6B in Iranian funds

Former President Trump bashed President Biden for his decision to release $6 billion in frozen Iranian funds in exchange for the release of five American detainees, calling him an “incompetent fool.”

“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,” the former president said on Truth Social on Monday.

The news broke earlier that day — also the 22nd anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks — that the Biden administration issued a blanket waiver for international banks to transfer $6 billion in frozen Iranian money to facilitate the release of five Americans held by Iran. The administration also announced Monday that it would release five Iranian prisoners.

“He had the audacity to announce this terrible deal today, September 11th. To pay for hostages will lead to kidnapping, ransom, and blackmail against Americans across the globe,” the former president wrote. “I freed many dozens of our people from various unfriendly countries and never paid a dime!”

Trump is polling far ahead of other challengers in GOP presidential primary polls, suggesting Biden and Trump are headed for a rematch next fall. Biden, meanwhile, has recently stepped up attacks on Trump about the economy in particular.

Republican senators have also criticized the Biden administration’s move to lift the freeze on Iranian funds.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Monday called the decision “shameful” and Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) called it a “terrible idea.” Additionally, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said “it’s ridiculous for the US to be blackmailed” and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said “all that does is encourage more kidnapping.”

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