As citizens in Iran continue to protest against poverty in the country, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” included coverage of the uprising, with correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin explaining the Iranian government’s funding of terrorist nation as “endeavors.”
A Tuesday segment (see below) included Mohyeldin acknowledging that some of the protesters’ frustration stems from mismanagement of funds received through the US/Iran nuclear deal, as the Iranian government used it to sponsor terror and not on needs prevalent in their own country.
As The Washington Free Beacon notes, Iran’s government used their resources to bolster dictator Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war, support Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah, and supply missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen. Mohyeldin considers these activities “endeavors.”
“There is truth that the Iranian people did not reap the benefits of what was supposed to be a windfall of money, and that has been a consistent argument made by American critics of the Iran nuclear deal, that the money that the Iran government was going to receive was probably going to be diverted and used in those endeavors in Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen,” Mohyeldin said (emphasis added).
Mohyeldin had been responding to fill-in host Katty Kay, who asked if a Tuesday tweet from President Donald Trump had any validity.
Trump tweeted: “The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime. All of the money that President Obama so foolishly gave them went into terrorism and into their “pockets.” The people have little food, big inflation and no human rights. The U.S. is watching!”
The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime. All of the money that President Obama so foolishly gave them went into terrorism and into their “pockets.” The people have little food, big inflation and no human rights. The U.S. is watching!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2018
At least 21 people have been killed during wide-scale, anti-government protests by Iranians fed up with high prices and economic mismanagement by the ayatollahs.
Mohyeldin stated that “Iran has been engaged in costly endeavors, both in Syria …in Yemen, it supports Hezbollah in Lebanon,” which drains “the resources of the state.” But he went on to praise the Rouhani administration for making attempts to sign deals with European corporations to improve opportunities, while criticizing the Trump administration for imposing sanctions aimed, in his estimation, at “trying to block Iran” from making economic gains.
“This Trump administration has imposed sanctions on Iran, and so they’ve been trying to block Iran from making any kind of economic gains over the last year that this administration has been in office,” he said.
The United States’ latest sanctions bill against Iran imposes a penalty on anyone involved in Iran’s ballistic missiles program, enforces an arms embargo, and applies terrorism sanctions to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. Read more about it HERE.