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Source: The Hill

Aug 13, 2023

Pompeo slams Biden Iran prisoner swap deal as ‘very dangerous’ 


Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized a possible Biden administration prisoner exchange deal with Iran during a Sunday interview with John Catsimatidis.

“It’s really dangerous,” Pompeo said on “The Cats Roundtable” on WABC 770 AM. “It’s dangerous for the Gulf nations, it’s dangerous for…Israel.”

The U.S. is attempting to bring home five jailed Americans in Iran via a deal that involves the release of $6 billion in oil revenue for the purchase of critical life goods.

On Friday, White House National Security Spokesperson John Kirby said the “deal is not done,” and negotiations between the two countries are ongoing. 

“There would be a rigorous process of due diligence and standards applied with input from the U.S. Treasury Department,” Kirby told reporters in a briefing call on the matter. 

Pompeo said the price tag of the exchange will only encourage more hostage-taking, claiming the payment “will build their economy.”

“You now have a situation where we have told the Iranians, ‘For every American you take, the Biden administration will provide you with $1 billion,’” Pompeo said. 

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