Sen. Ted Cruz said the missiles Iran used to attack two U.S. military bases in Iraq on Tuesday night were paid by former President Barack Obama's nuclear deal.
"If you look at Iran policy, I think you've seen a dramatic shift [under President Trump]. Under Barack Obama, the policy was appeasement," Cruz said Tuesday on FNC's Sean Hannity Show. "To give over a hundred billion dollars to Iran. They literally flew $1.7 billion in cash, in unmarked bills, on pallets in the dead of night into Iran. In a very real sense, the missiles that we saw fired at U.S. servicemen and women tonight were paid for by the billions that the Obama administration flooded the Ayatollah with."
"If history teaches anything, it's don't give billions of dollars to people who hate you and want to kill you," Cruz said. "Let me say, the last three years, I've spent a lot of time with President Trump, urging him to pull out of Obama's disastrous Iran deal. He did that. He took on his own State Department, his own Defense Department, and made the right decision there. Urging the president to end the oil waivers. You know, we had waivers in place that were allowing Iran to sell a million barrels a day of oil. The president agreed and ended those waivers."
"And so, the effects of these sanctions and the economic pressure, it's having a real effect."