CNN: Obama on Iran payment: 'We do not pay ransom'
Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama on Thursday dismissed suggestions a $400 million payment to Iran amounted to a ransom paid in return for the release of American hostages.
Confirming the US offered the payment in cash, Obama nevertheless downplayed the delivery's significance, saying it was not a "nefarious" deal.
And he pushed back on Republican attacks charging that the White House completed the transaction as part of the prisoner swap. The line of argument was intensified by GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump just moments before the President's comments, though he also complicated his message by referring to having seen a video of the transfer whose existence others have doubted.
Obama on Thursday sharply defended the decision to send palettes of cash to Iran, however.
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WNU Editor: US Sec. of State Kerry failed earlier today .... U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Defends $400 Million Payment To Iran .... so out comes President Obama later today. Was President Obama successful in defusing the controversy over this payment .... I guess it depends on what side you support.
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