The Biden Administration Marked 9/11 by Celebrating a Deal With Saudi Arabia and Giving Iran $6 Billion
“The White House commending the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the anniversary of 9/11 while the Kingdom is still actively fighting the 9/11 families & survivors in federal court is something….”
While Joe Biden observed the 22nd anniversary of 9/11 in Alaska, as physically far away from New York and Washington, DC as possible, his administration marked the day by celebrating a deal with Saudi Arabia and giving $6 billion to terrorism sponsor, Iran.
Optics are really not their strong point.
FOX News reports:
Biden admin strikes deal with Iran to swap prisoners, release $6 billion in frozen funds
The Biden administration has struck a deal with Iran to swap prisoners and release $6 billion in frozen Iranian funds.
Per the deal, Iran will release five American citizens detained in Iran and the U.S. release five Iranian citizens being held in the U.S.
The deal creates a blanket waiver to transfer $6 billion in frozen Iranian money from South Korea to Qatar without fear of violating U.S. sanctions. No money is going directly to Iran and no U.S. taxpayer funds are being used.
The United States classifies Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken signed off on the deal late last week, but Congress was not notified of the decision until Monday, the 22nd anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to the notification, which was obtained by The Associated Press.
White House National Security Council Spokesperson Adrienne Watson tweeted about the Saudi Arabia news.
We welcome this weekend’s announcement by Saudi Arabia committing $20 billion to support President Biden’s signature initiative, the Partnership for Global Infrastructure (PGI).
— Adrienne Watson (@NSC_Spox) September 11, 2023
This article in Newsweek makes a good point about the Saudi Arabia news:
This year, Biden became the first president to bow out of participating in any 9/11 memorial events. The president did deliver remarks honoring the lives lost in the 2001 attacks from Anchorage, Alaska, later in the afternoon and made posts to social media accounts remembering the 2,977 deaths.
“On 9/11. During the first presidency to not commemorate this day at a 9/11 site. I cannot even understand this,” Democrat Lindsey Bolan wrote in response to Watson’s tweet.
Some users on the social media platform called the spokeswoman a “disgrace,” while others called the timing “tasteless,” “unbelievably tone deaf” and “politically inept.”
“The White House commending the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the anniversary of 9/11 while the Kingdom is still actively fighting the 9/11 families & survivors in federal court is something….” political strategist Brian Walsh tweeted.
Survivors and the families of 9/11 victims are still fighting a long-running federal lawsuit in New York to hold the Saudi government responsible for the attacks. For 15 years, the lawsuit had been blocked because of the “sovereign immunity” protection for foreign governments in court. Congress cleared the way for the lawsuit in 2016.
Could they possibly be any more tone deaf?
The Biden White House tweets praise of Saudi Arabia and now announces a financial deal with IRAN.
And both on 9/11.
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) September 11, 2023
Biden just released $6 Billion to Iran, the world’s #1 sponsor of terror
On 9/11 https://t.co/PSxEXd56SD
— John Hasson (@SonofHas) September 11, 2023
On 9/11, Biden has:
1) Celebrated a deal with Saudi Arabia
2) Given $6 billion to Iran https://t.co/yVCjNZeYVr
— Sunny McSunnyface (@sunnyright) September 11, 2023
In lieu of visiting ground zero on 9/11, Biden would much prefer to make a deal with terrorists https://t.co/nYG5G6TC6Y
— Sean Agnew (@seanagnew) September 11, 2023
Joe Biden doesn’t visit Ground Zero or the Pentagon on 9/11 and makes a deal with terrorists instead. America last. https://t.co/aXy7qD3s9a
— Garrett Ventry (@GarrettVentry) September 11, 2023
Biden just gave $6 billion to Iran — and on 9/11.
We used to call funding a terror state an act of treason.
— Rep. Darrell Issa (@repdarrellissa) September 11, 2023
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