Senator Dianne Feinstein tweeted in favor of President Trump supporting a $5 billion dollar loan to Iran from the IMF amid the coronavirus.
The California Senator tweeted:
The Trump administration should support Iran’s request for aid from the International Monetary Fund. The coronavirus pandemic has hit Iran hard, and with sufficient oversight to prevent funds from being misused, we should help their people where we can.
The Trump administration should support Iran’s request for aid from the International Monetary Fund. The coronavirus pandemic has hit Iran hard, and with sufficient oversight to prevent funds from being misused, we should help their people where we can.https://t.co/5C8FGBVgeA
— Senator Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) April 8, 2020
Several Trump supporters fired back.
So the Iranian government will give it to their people? That’s funny.
— Kambree (@KamVTV) April 11, 2020
Iran: “Death to America” “We must Destroy America”
Democrats: Lets give them $5 Billion to help them with Covid-19
— Joey Saladino (@JoeySalads) April 11, 2020
Help Americans first. All of us not just your chosen few.
— SeeJaneVote (@janiedelaney) April 11, 2020
They will not use the $$ for the people!
— Jodie Gray (@smokinqueen) April 8, 2020
How about help the USA first!
— Christmas Bail Bonds (@xmasbailbonds) April 8, 2020
The WSJ reported that the U.S. plans to block Iran’s requested $5 billion emergency loan from the International Monetary Fund for funding Tehran says it needs to fight its coronavirus crisis.
Per Marketwatch, Senior officials in the Trump administration said Iran’s government has billion-dollar accounts still at its disposal. If allowed to tap IMF financing, the officials said, Tehran would then be able to divert those or other funds to help its economy, which has been weakened by U.S. sanctions, or finance militants in the Middle East, rather than on containing the pandemic.
Iranian “officials have a long history of diverting funds allocated for humanitarian goods into their own pockets and to their terrorist proxies, ” one of the administration officials said.
The IMF, which is facing urgent funding requests from scores of governments, said it is in talks with Tehran to determine its eligibility for an emergency loan.
The pandemic has torn through Iran, one of the worst-affected countries, and jolted an Iranian economy already reeling from the Trump administration sanctions under its “maximum pressure campaign.” Despite calls from some humanitarian groups and other nations to ease the sanctions, the administration has instead said it won’t relent in putting pressure on Tehran.
Iran’s representative at the United Nations didn’t respond to a request for comment on the U.S. decision on IMF funding. Iranian officials have called the U.S. sanctions amid the pandemic “medical terrorism” and said U.S. offers of humanitarian assistance to help fight the coronavirus are “deceptions and lies.”
As the IMF’s largest shareholder, the U.S. largely determines the fate of bailout requests, though technically IMF member countries could amass a majority of votes to approve Iran’s loan even with U.S. opposition.
Members of Iran's parliament chants "Death to America”
.@realDonaldTrump U.S. spent $2T on Military Equipment If Iran attacks an American Base, or any American, we’ll be sending some of that brand new beautiful equipment their way & without hesitation!pic.twitter.com/ljVNMzXEAP
— Constitutional Republic TEXT TRUMP 88022 (@CRRJA5) January 6, 2020