Senator Dianne Feinstein is pleading President Trump to reverse his decision to block at least $5 billion in aid to Iran.
In her request to the president, Feinstein claimed that sending $5 billion to the Iranian government is in “our national interest.”
Feinstein published her letter to the president on Twitter, where many users expressed their disappointment in the senator.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz was one of her fiercest critics, accusing Feinstein of prioritizing the Iranian government, the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world, over American small businesses.
See Feinstein’s original tweet, then Cruz’s fiery response, below:
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Fox News has more details on Feinstein's plea that President Trump release at least $5 billion in aid to Iran:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has urged President Trump to reverse a reported plan to block an Iranian request to the IMF for $5 billion in aid to fight the coronavirus crisis -- saying it is in the U.S. national interest to accede to the request.
“I am disappointed to see reports that your administration intends to block Iran from receiving $5 billion in humanitarian aid from the IMF to combat the coronavirus pandemic,” Feinstein wrote in a letter dated Thursday to President Trump. “Providing these funds to Iran would help it respond more effectively to the disease and mitigate the risk of further destabilization in the region.”
The administration plans to block the request for an emergency loan, amid concerns that the anti-American regime still has billion-dollar accounts available to it, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Senior officials told the Journal that the loan would allow Tehran to divert the money to its economy -- which has been stunted by the sanctions imposed as part of the U.S. maximum pressure campaign -- or to finance extremist militant groups in the Middle East.
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 told the outlet.
Iran has been one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic -- sending its already shaky government reeling as it faces accusations that it has been hiding what it knew about the crisis, and how early it hit the country.
The U.S. has been turning the screws on Iran’s hardline regime for years since it left the Iran nuclear deal in 2018. The U.S. has imposed waves of sanctions on officials, the financial sector and oil exports since then as part of an effort to curb Tehran’s support for proxy terror groups, its nuclear program and its attacks on U.S. forces.
Trump said this month that Iran has been "planning a sneak attack on U.S. troops and/or assets in Iraq" and warned the regime would pay a "very heavy price" if they attacked U.S. assets.
Not only does Iran have a testy relationship with the U.S., but they have also prodded our closest ally: Israel.
Feinstein's plea to the president seems odd, especially as small businesses and millions of Americans are worried about their financial security.
Trump's "America First" message resonates with voters for this very reason.
Instead of giving billions to governments with questionable ideals, the president is focusing his efforts on helping the American people.
Unemployment is spiking across the nation.
The timetable for reopening the country seems uncertain.
Instead of assisting President Trump in successfully keeping our country safe, Democrats such as Senator Feinstein appear to be more upset that $5 billion isn't being sent to Iran.
Perhaps... all that $5 billion American tax money should be focused on helping, well, American taxpayers.
The Daily Wire has more on Cruz's response to Feinstein:
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz unloaded on his Democratic colleagues on Friday in response to Sen. Dianne Feinstein sending a letter to President Trump declaring that she is “disappointed” in his administration’s plan to block funding to the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, Iran. The Democrats’ demand of Trump to help Iran get $5 billion in aid, Cruz noted, comes “at the exact same time” that they are “blocking desperately need relief to small businesses in America.”
In late March, a group of Democratic lawmakers — among them Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ilhan Omar (MN), and Rashida Tlaib (MI), and Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Sec. Steve Mnuchin calling for the easing of U.S. sanctions on Iran during the coronavirus pandemic, a request that was dead on arrival. Iran has since requested $5 billion in aid from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). In response to the Trump administration indicating that they have no intention of allowing the terror-sponsoring state to get the massive infusion of money, Sen. Feinstein sent her own letter on Thursday expressing her disappointment.
“The coronavirus has hit Iran hard, with the potential for even greater spread in the region,” the high-ranking Democratic senator tweeted Thursday along with a copy of her letter. “In the interest of international security, President Trump should support Iran’s request to the IMF for emergency funds to contain this virus.”
“I am disappointed to see reports that your administration intends to block Iran from receiving $5 billion in humanitarian aid from the IMF to combat the coronavirus pandemic,” the letter begins. “Providing these funds to Iran would help it respond more effectively to the disease and mitigate the risk of further destabilization in the region.” She goes on to urge Trump to reconsider so that the infamously tyrannical regime can receive the billions in aid from the IMF.
Feinstein’s letter was issued the same day that Senate Democrats blocked an urgent request from Sec. Mnuchin to increase the amount of cash in the emergency small business loan program recently established by Congress from $350 billion to $600 billion.
In response to the pair of moves, Cruz called out Feinstein and the Democrats for what he suggested were some backward “priorities.”
“The Ayatollah leads chants of ‘death to America.’ He pledges to destroy America, which he calls ‘the Great Satan.’ And Senate Dems want to send him millions???” Cruz tweeted. “At the EXACT SAME TIME, Senate Dems are blocking desperately need relief to small businesses in America.”
Senator Cruz raises a great point!
It is likely that the outcome of the 2020 elections will be based on the success of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
While President Trump is focusing on protecting American lives and livelihoods, Democrats appear focused on helping other nations.
Now more than ever, Trump's America First message is needed!
We thank you, President Trump, for continuing to think beyond partisan politics to do what is best for every single American!