— Mike Paranzino (@mikeparanzino) August 19, 2016
Yesterday, State Department Spokesman John Kirby admitted that the a $400 million payment to Iran was contingent upon the release of four U.S. citizens being held in that country, but denied that it was any sort of ransom payment. Instead, the Obama administration is using a different word:
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) August 18, 2016
It depends on what your definition of “leverage” is:
We used the leverage of our lunch money to force the bully to take our heads out of the toilethttps://t.co/F9pw4bwBOH
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) August 18, 2016
The State Department’s “not a ransom” spin is sure to continue evolving today.