Donald Trump lashed out at the White House during a campaign rally Wednesday, saying news of a secret $400 million cash payment to Iran has ‘humiliated’ the United States.
Then he challenged President Obama to a high-stakes round of golf – with the winner claiming the Oval Office as his trophy.
The Republican presidential nominee told a bulging crowd inside the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Florida that tough questions remain about the White House’s decision to send the money to Tehran’s mullahs at the same time they released four American captives.
‘Where does that money go? Who gets that money?’ Trump asked. ‘I doubt it’s the people of Iran. I doubt it.’
‘Who’s authorized to give [that much] cash? Who’s authorized?’
Wooden pallets stuffed with Euros, Swiss Francs and other foreign currencies, arrived in Tehran on January 17.
Four U.S. citizens were released the same day as part of a prisoner swap that sent seven Iranians home.
The White House said Wednesday that there was no quid pro quo despite Iran’s insistence to the contrary.
‘The United States under President Obama has not paid a ransom to secure the release of Americans unjustly detained in Iran and we’re not going to pay a ransom,’ White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.
Trump threw up his hands in disgust.