By Trissean McDonald
It actually wasn’t ransom; however it was money that was owed to Iran since the 1970s, due to a weapon deal that the US made with Iran. Since the Iranian revolution and subsequent hostages crisis in 1979, the weapon purchase was sanctioned.
It was reported amongst the mass media in January that the Democratic administration were going to distribute the funds of $400 million back to Iran. The money was actually paid in the 1970s; however, it was frozen/withheld.
Republicans alleges that the timing of the money being paid appears ransom. Additionally presumptive republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, welcomes the uproar with falsified information claiming he actually saw America hand over a ransom of $400 million.
That information was refuted by nobody but Donald Trump himself in a tweet that read, “The plane I saw on television was the hostage plane in Geneva, Switzerland, not the plane carrying $400 million in cash going to Iran!”