Donald Trump is accusing President Barack Obama of lying to the American people about the circumstances surrounding a $400 million payment to Iran.
The White House has insisted the payment had nothing to do with the release of four American hostages being held in the country. They say the U.S. was simply returning Iran’s own money in a settlement of a legal claim that went back to the hostage crisis that ended in 1981.
But the timing has raised eyebrows, especially among Republican leaders, who claim the money exchange was a ransom payment.
Trump says of the president’s explanation, “It’s just a lie.”
He adds, “You know, at least be truthful.”