Cruz Mocks Airstrike Critics, Asks If US Should Have Sent Soleimani $1.7 Billion Cash Instead

Ted Cruz brutally mocked critics of the U.S. airstrikes that killed Iranian General Soleimani after a former top Obama staffer questioned the move.

Former Obama staffer Ben Rhodes tweeted:

Trump may have just started a war with no congressional debate. I really hope the worst case scenario doesn’t happen but everything about this situation suggests serious escalation to come.

With plenty of Snark, Texas Senator Ted Cruz replied:

Perhaps it would have been a better idea to send him $1.7 billion in unmarked bills, in pallets on planes in the dead of night, so he could kill more Americans?

The tweet was of course a reference to Obama’s decision to give Iran $1.7 billion in cash in 2016.

WATCH (From Sept 8, 2016)

The Los Angeles Times reported at the time (Sept 7, 2016)

The Obama administration is acknowledging its transfer of $1.7 billion to Iran earlier this year was made entirely in cash, using non-U.S. currency, as Republican critics of the transaction continued to denounce the payments.

Treasury Department spokeswoman Dawn Selak said in a statement late Tuesday that the cash payments were necessary because of the “effectiveness of U.S. and international sanctions,” which isolated Iran from the international finance system.

The $1.7 billion was the settlement of a decades-old arbitration claim between the U.S. and Iran. An initial $400 million of euros, Swiss francs and other foreign currency was delivered on pallets Jan. 17, the same day Tehran agreed to release four American prisoners.

The Obama administration had claimed the events were separate, but recently acknowledged the cash was used as leverage until the Americans were allowed to leave Iran. The remaining $1.3 billion represented estimated interest on the Iranian cash the U.S. had held since the 1970s. The administration had previously declined to say if the interest was delivered to Iran in physical cash, as with the principal, or via a more regular banking mechanism.

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