Lance, MacArthur slam Obama Administration over ‘sickening’ hostage-for-cash story

By The Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

Leonard Lance
Leonard Lance

The Obama Administration’s apparent abandonment of the traditional American refusal to trade cash for hostages is drawing strong criticism across the country including from members of New Jersey’s congressional delegation.

“Iranian officials are bragging to the international community and the vast terrorist network that they coerced a significant ransom payment out of the Obama Administration,” Rep. Leonard Lance (R, NJ-07), long critical of the Iran Nuclear Deal, opined Wednesday. “These damning reports put a bounty on every American. We already knew the world was less safe from this Administration’s catering to Iranian demands, but this revelation is a stunning new low. And this news comes as many grieving U.S. families continue to await compensation for the murder of their loved ones by terrorists funded and supported by the Iranian government. The irony is sickening. I call on Congress to investigate this matter.”

According to a published report, “Wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other currencies were flown into Iran on an unmarked cargo plane” to secure the release of four American hostages from Iran back in January 2016.

“Every single provocation from Iran has gone unanswered. Now we are finding out the so-called ‘tough’ deal American taxpayers were forced to fund included a convenient airlift of $400 million in cold hard cash directly to Iran,” added Rep. Tom MacArthur (R, NJ-03), a member of the House’s Armed Services Committee, via his Facebook page. “The Iranians wanted cash, and America delivered it to them. President Obama and the State Department have consistently proven there is no price for defying America – in fact, they are willing to bend over backward for a state sponsor of terror. This madness must stop.”