‘It’s CRAZY’ Former Navy Seal claims ‘US paid for TWO MONTHS of Iran oil exports in exchange for a few hostages’

‘It’s CRAZY’ Former Navy Seal claims ‘US paid for TWO MONTHS of Iran oil exports in exchange for a few hostages’

A former Navy Seal speaks to Jacob Rees-Mogg

Ben Chapman

By Ben Chapman

Published: 31/12/2023

- 15:24

A former US Navy Seal has claimed the US paid for two months of Iran oil exports in exchange for “a few hostages” in a shocking claim.

Erik Prince joined Jacob Rees-Mogg on GB News America to discuss US foreign affairs and took aim at a “really bad policy” from the Biden Administration.

He hit out at the government’s record in “constantly appeasing” Iran, suggesting Biden should “stand up to them” more often.

“The oil trade for Iran is about $3 billion per month”, he said.

Erik Prince and Jacob Rees-Mogg

Erik Prince spoke to Jacob Rees-Mogg


“So for I think five or six hostages, paying £6 billion is the equivalent of two months of their oil exports.

“It’s crazy. It’s hard to understand how the US thought that was a good idea.

Joe Biden and Jill Biden

Biden has been criticised for his foreign policy

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“The Biden White House seemingly have a track record of a comfort of constantly appeasing Iran, rather than standing up to them.”

The deal took place in September, with five Americans making their way back home after spending years in Iranian jail.

The controversial swap, mediated by Qatar, triggered the departure of four men and one women.

They were met by senior US officials before heading to Washington.

Prince took aim at other aspects of Biden’s foreign policy, warning that China are likely to feel emboldened by the president’s apparent inaction.

“You can apparently shoot at US Navy warships hundreds of times and shoot Americans in the Middle East without consequence”, he said.

“Now you have the Houthis that have even blocked one of the busiest waterways of the planet, taking out more than 50 per cent of the global container trade.

“It’s a catastrophic loss of American credibility and deterrence. It started really by our inability to finish properly in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“It’s just cascaded from there and I’m not surprised that Xi Jinping would try to bluster his way into a successful takeover of Taiwan.

“I would be surprised if they don’t try something under the Biden administration, because for them, I’m sure it has to feel like the door is wide open for them to do whatever they want to do.”

China views Taiwan as a renegade province which they must eventually unite with.

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