WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Wall Street Journal reported earlier in the day that the Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in the country.
"Our incompetent Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, was the one who started talks to give 400 million dollars, in cash, to Iran. Scandal!," Trump stated in a Twitter message.
At the same time, the United States was negotiating a prisoner exchange with Tehran, raising doubts among Republicans that the money had changed hands to guarantee the release as a ransom payment.
On Wednesday, US State Department spokesman John Kirby denied the transfer to Iran.