At least four of five Americans held by Iran are on their way home thanks to a prisoner exchange worked out between the Obama administration and the Iranian government. Of course Republicans are unhappy, because this was something positive accomplished by President Obama. But Donald Trump couldn’t make up his mind whether to criticize the deal, or take credit for it. So he did both.
At first Trump was critical of the exchange, saying “This should have been done three, four years ago, when the deal was struck.” Trump questioned whether the prisoner swap was fair, because Iran would get seven citizens returned, while the U.S. was only bringing five Americans home. In addition, he again raised the semi-dubious claim that Iran would get $150 billion to go along with the seven Iranians released from U.S. custody.
But after leveling that criticism, Trump, ever the self-aggrandizing egomaniac, decided that maybe he was also responsible for securing the freedom of the five Americans. According to CBS News, along with repeating his criticism of the deal, Trump told the South Carolina Tea Party convention on Saturday evening:
So I’ve been hitting them hard and I think I might have had something to do with it. You want to know the truth? It’s a part of my staple thing, I mean, I go crazy when I hear about this, you go absolutely wild because how is it possible?
Trump loves to claim that everything good that happens is due to something he did or said. As CBS points out, recently he has taken credit for the Department of Homeland Security announcing a mass deportation of undocumented immigrants, and for ABC News removing the New Hampshire Union Leader as a sponsor of one of the GOP debates.
Here’s the video of Trump’s remarks critical of the Iran prisoner swap (with a Ted Cruz bonus), via CBS News:
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