08.18.16

Senator David Perdue On President Obama’s Ransom Payment To Iran

“It is U.S. policy not to pay ransom, but President Obama just admitted he did.”

ATLANTA, GA – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations State Department and USAID Management Subcommittee, issued the following statement regarding the State Department’s admission that the $400 million cash payment to Iran was indeed a ransom for American prisoners:

“It is U.S. policy not to pay ransom, but President Obama just admitted he did. Paying $400 million in hard cash only incentivizes Iran to take more hostages. I am outraged that we cannot rely on our own President to tell us the truth. This is another example in a long line of efforts by the Obama Administration to mislead the American people. What else are they hiding?”

The State Department’s admission comes on the heels of a letter Senator Perdue sent to Secretary Kerry demanding answers to very specific questions about this secret payment. Secretary Kerry has not responded to the letter.