Trump Slams Clinton Over Boeing Deal with Iran
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Tuesday suggested the “disastrous” Iranian nuclear deal was a set up by Hillary Clinton for business deals with Iran.
On Tuesday, Boeing Company announced a deal with Iran Air, the flagship carrier airline of the Islamic Republic of Iran, worth up to $25 billion, according to the Associated Press. This would make it the biggest business deal between the Islamic Republic and the U.S. since the 1979 U.S. Embassy takeover in Tehran.
Boeing said in a statement that it signed the Iran Air agreement “under authorizations from the U.S. government following a determination that Iran had met its obligations under the nuclear accord reached last summer. Boeing will continue to follow the lead of the U.S. government with regards to working with Iran’s airlines, and any and all contracts with Iran’s airlines will be contingent upon U.S. government approval.”
“Iran, the world’s largest state sponsor of terror, would not have been allowed to enter into these negotiations with Boeing without Clinton’s disastrous Iran Nuclear Deal,” the Trump campaign said in a news release, pointing to a similar multi-billion dollar deal with Russia to purchase Boeing airplanes in 2009.
According to the Trump campaign, Boeing has donated between $1 and $5 million to the Clinton Foundation. Clinton also received $4,000 from the Boeing PAC during her run for Senate in 2006. In 2009, the Trump campaign suggested, the State Department cut a deal with Russia after Boeing allegedly agreed to a $2 million donation to the USA Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo.
“This is another example of Clinton’s pay-to-play governing style,” the campaign said. “She will cut deals with our foreign adversaries as long as they are willing to line her pockets. Whether it’s overlooking human rights abuses in Algeria for $500,000, or accepting up to $25 million from Saudi Arabia as their government violently oppresses LGBT individuals, Clinton uses the State Department to enrich her family and her foundation, while making the world a less safe and more violent place.”
On the campaign trail, Trump slammed the administration for not lifting U.S. economic restrictions to allow Iran to use some of the reportedly $150 billion in relief to purchase from the United States. “When we hand them 150 billion dollars, we should take the prohibition off for a little while,” Trump said during a campaign rally in Rochester, New York, in April.
In an interview with the NY Times, Trump complained, “They are now rich, and did you notice they’re buying from everybody but the United States? They’re buying planes, they’re buying everything, they’re buying from everybody but the United States. I would never have made the deal.”