Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley insisted there was no connection between Hamas’ terrorist attacks on Israel and the $6 billion in frozen funds the US released to Iran as part of a prisoner exchange deal, Antony Blinken said. He accused the minister of being “irresponsible.”
Haley, a former South Carolina governor and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and said it was impossible for $6 billion to contribute to terrorism and the U.S. “hasn’t yet.” He was responding to Blinken’s earlier comments. This is to confirm that there is evidence that Iran supported the attack.
“I think Secretary Blinken was irresponsible when he said $6 billion is not important here,” Haley said. “So let’s be honest with the American people: Both Hamas and Iran, as we speak, know that they’re moving money around because they know $6 billion is going to be released. Let’s understand that. That’s the reality.”
Blinken earlier responded to Republican criticism of the Biden administration’s deal with Iran to unfreeze $6 billion in funds in exchange for five American prisoners held by Iran.
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“It is very unfortunate that some people are engaging in political activity at a time when so many lives have been lost and Israel remains under attack,” Blinken said. claimed that the $6 billion fund could only be used for medicines, food, and pharmaceuticals. .
Mr Haley claimed it was ignorant to think the funds could not be moved or used in other ways.
“It’s irresponsible to think they’re not moving money,” Haley said. “They hate Israel. They hate America. They’re going to keep using this. It was a mistake to release $6 billion.”
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Haley also slammed the Biden administration’s Middle East foreign policy.
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“It was a mistake to go to Afghanistan and make that fiasco,” she continued. “We made a mistake in waiving sanctions on Iran that gave Iran even more money. The money is going to Iran and that’s the problem. When Iran gets the money, it uses it for hatred. Because you use it.”