On Fox and Friends Weekend, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee weighed in on the release of Americans from Iran yesterday. The Republican presidential candidate said that the Americans were hostages and that the Obama administration effectively paid ransom to Iran.
"They were hostages. They were not prisoners. They weren't there because they had committed some international crime for which they had been justly tried. They were being held hostages by a government that we just made a deal with and just released $100 billion, maybe up to $150 billion ... We were basically paying ransom is what it really came down to."
Huckabee said that the deal sets the stage for Iran to do it again, knowing that they could potentially get a huge payout with the Obama administration.
"This is an invitation to go and find an American, hold him hostage, come up with some phony charges, hold him for a few years, humiliate the United States of America, and then demand something of ridiculously high value, and know that as long as this administration is in power, you're gonna get it. Because they're so anxious to make a deal with the Iranians. And for what reason, I've never been able to understand.
The Iranians in 37 years of the Ayatollahs have never been trustworthy, they've never kept a deal. To this moment they still haven't absolutely signed a deal. This is one of those just amazing and inexplicable actions of this administration as to why they would want to create that level of danger and disruption in the Middle East that's already unstable enough."
Huckabee also said that "no one with an IQ above broccoli" would believe the administration's claim that the prisoner release had nothing to do with the nuclear deal which went forward yesterday.