While President Joe Biden has already faced criticism over the perception that he is attempting to appease Iran, a new report reveals related evidence dating back to the “weeks after” the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
According to Politico, the then-senator wanted to send $200 million to Iran with “no strings attached.”
“This would be a good time”
Biden made the alarming assertion as the U.S. was reeling from the immediate aftermath of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
“Seems to me this would be a good time to send, no strings attached, a check for $200 million to Iran,” he reportedly said at the time.
He was said to be looking to make a “grand gesture” in an effort to strengthen the relationship between America and Iran, the idea apparently being that Iran’s predominantly Shia Muslim population would have common interests in ending the Sunni Islamist Taliban government in Afghanistan.
The proposal of sending a massive check to Iran, however, “did not go over well with his staffers,” according to Politico’s report.
“I think they’d send it back,” one staffer reportedly advised.
Concerns surrounding Biden’s plans
In a speech to the American Iranian Council shortly after 9/11, Biden highlighted evidence of Iranian sympathy toward the U.S. in the wake of the attacks and invited lawmakers from the Middle Eastern nation to meet with him at their convenience.
The latest revelations come as the Biden administration is preparing to possibly re-enter the U.S. into a nuclear deal with Iran that was established during the Obama administration.
Former President Donald Trump subsequently removed America from the agreement, arguing it was ineffective and opting to reimpose financial sanctions on Iran.
Recent meetings in Vienna, Austria, have been held in an effort to facilitate a deal involving both countries. For its part, Iran has been playing hardball and demanding that all economic sanctions placed on the nation under the Trump administration be removed.
Biden has indicated a willingness to consider removing at least some of the penalties as long as Iran agrees to abide by the terms of the nuclear agreement.