Fri
Dec 7 2018
06:44 pm

The fact checkers are not kind to right wing columnists like Flo, who claimed that Obama got $150 billion to give to Iran and it's sad that Trump can't get $5 billion for his useless wall. The amount that was released to Iran was about a third of Flo's claim and it was Iran's money held in world banks, embargoed because of the Iran Nuke treaty to start with.

Nothing was appropriated by Congress! But why let facts get in the way of a good story? Here's some snips from the fact check:

"The past administration made a horrible deal giving $150 billion," Trump said April 26 on the Fox News morning show. "Giving $1.8 billion in cash — in actual cash carried out in barrels and in boxes from airplanes."

Of the two numbers he gave, $150 billion and $1.8 billion, the first is dodgy and the second is slightly exaggerated. And there’s no evidence that barrels and boxes were involved...

In July 2015, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told lawmakers Iran would gain access to $56 billion.

It’s important to know that little of that money was under the control of the United States or any U.S. bank. Most of it, Habibi said, was in central and commercial banks overseas. Furthermore, it was Iran’s money to begin with, not a payment from any government to buy Iran’s cooperation.

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Fox News is a helluva drug.

Fox News is a helluva drug.

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