President Donald Trump just made arguably the most obvious point about the hypocrisy of Democrats refusing to fund the border wall.
On Tuesday morning, Trump reminded his nearly 57 million Twitter followers that former President Barack Obama gave Iran $150 billion, yet Democrats claim they can’t give $5 billion for border wall funding.
“The Democrats and President Obama gave Iran 150 Billion Dollars and got nothing, but they can’t give 5 Billion Dollars for National Security and a Wall?” Trump wrote.
The Democrats and President Obama gave Iran 150 Billion Dollars and got nothing, but they can’t give 5 Billion Dollars for National Security and a Wall?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2018
Trump is correct that Obama and Democrats agreed to the Iran Deal, which resulted in the U.S. sending the terrorist-supporting nation $150 billion.
Some of which was sent in cash on pallets and delivered to Iran via a private jet, which did not sit well with many Americans.
Here’s a CNN report from 2016:
President Barack Obama approved the $400 million transfer, which he had announced in January as part of the Iran nuclear deal. The money was flown into Iran on wooden pallets stacked with Swiss francs, euros and other currencies as the first installment of a $1.7 billion settlement resolving claims at an international tribunal at The Hague over a failed arms deal under the time of the Shah.
Details of the cash delivery drew fresh condemnation of the Iran deal from Republicans. They charged that the administration had empowered a major sponsor of terrorism because the nuclear agreement enables Tehran to re-enter the international economy and gives it access long-frozen funds.
In addition, they said the cash delivery amounted to a ransom payment that violates long-standing US practice not to pay for hostages.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump jumped on the issue.
“Iran was in big trouble, they had sanctions, they were dying, we took off the sanctions and made this horrible deal and now they’re a power,” Trump said Wednesday in Daytona, Florida.
“We paid $400 million for the hostages,” Trump said. “Such a bad precedent was set by Obama. We have two more hostages there right? What’s are we going to pay for them? What we’re doing is insane.”
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, when asked about the payment by a local Denver, Colorado, television station, said it was “old news.”
Yet, Democrats now claim that they won’t agree to $5 billion to fund a third of the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.
On Tuesday, Trump, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Vice President Mike Pence, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer met in the Oval Office about passing a bill to prevent the government from shutting down just before Christmas.
Trump wants $5 billion for border wall funding and Democrats are only offering $1.6 billion, which they claim is a “very generous” offer.
So, Democrats can send $150 billion from U.S. taxpayers to Iran, yet refuse to give $5 billion to secure the border.