Former Secretary of State John Kerry appeared on Face the Nation to defend the Obama administration's 2015 Iran nuclear deal and to push back against President Trump's claim that Iran had used the $150 billion transferred during the deal to fund attacks on Americans.
Earlier on Sunday, the President tweeted that “Kerry got caught essentially admitting that funds given ridiculously to Iran were used to fund attacks on the USA,” further adding “Only a complete fool would have given that 150 Billion Dollars Plus to Iran.”
John Kerry got caught essentially admitting that funds given ridiculously to Iran were used to fund attacks on the USA. Only a complete fool would have given that 150 Billion Dollars Plus to Iran. They then went on a Middle East Rampage! @foxandfriends @PeteHegseth— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2020
President Trump was likely referring to Kerry's admission in a CNBC interview during the 2016 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos that “some of [the funds] will end up in the hands of the IRGC or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists.”
Kerry's main defense was that the IRGC is always fully funded by the government of Iran, regardless of any funds released as part of the Iran deal, and that most of the $150 billion went to the economy of Iran.
Most interesting, though, was his plea for the media to defend his position, saying “the President's tweet is a lie,” adding that “you in the media, I think, need to call a lie, a lie.”