Trump hits Iran-funded Hezbollah with sanctions
While observing the 35th anniversary of the attack on United States servicemen in Beirut, Lebanon, the commander-in-chief stressed how the new restrictions he is applying against the Lebanese-based jihadist organization are the toughest to date.
“Over the past year, we have levied the highest sanctions ever imposed on Hezbollah in a single year – by far,” Trump proclaimed after signing the legislation, according to CNN. “Just a few moments ago, I signed legislation imposing even more hard-hitting sanctions on Hezbollah to further starve them of their funds … and they are starving for them.”
While increasing accountability through stiffer reporting requirements, the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Amendments Act (HIFPAA) levies additional sanctions against Hezbollah to help dry up its funds.
“We will target, disrupt and dismantle their operational and financing networks – of which they had plenty,” Trump assured, according to The Washington Free Beacon. “We will never forget what they did to our great Marines in Beirut.”
He was referring to Hezbollah’s 1983 bombing that killed 241 U.S. Marines while in their barracks in Beirut, and the commander-in-chief went on to credit Iran for establishing the militant group of terrorists.
“The attack was carried out by Hezbollah, which Iran was instrumental in founding a year earlier to advance its radical agenda – and remain its main patron today,” Trump pointed out. “And we are doing a big number on Iran today – in case you haven’t noticed.”
Rebuilding what Obama destroyed
Trump emphasized how he is restoring America’s safety by putting a final nail in the coffin of former President Barack Obama’s notorious Iran nuclear deal that essentially funded, enabled and empowered Islamic terrorists around the world by lifting much-needed sanctions against the Islamic regime so it could build its militant nuclear program.
“Trump is also taking credit for re-imposing sanctions on Iran after he pulled out of the 2015 Iran nuclear accord – in part by citing its support for international terrorist groups,” The Associated Press (AP) reported. “Trump is promising even tougher actions against Iran after most sanctions against the country return to effect on Nov. 5.”
Under HIFPAA, more countries and organizations around the world – including in Europe – will be suffer stiff penalties for dealing with the Lebanese terrorist group.
“The bill expands the list of those who can be sanctioned for doing business with Hezbollah,” the AP report continued.
It was then stressed by the president how the new sanctions will play an integral role in a larger strategy aimed at opposing Iran, which was identified as the world’s greatest sponsor of terrorism.
“That is one reason why last year I withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear disaster,” Trump explained, referring to scrapping the Obama administration’s failed Iran nuke deal. “On November 5, all U.S. sanctions against Iran lifted by the nuclear deal will be back in full force.”
He then blamed Obama and his then-Secretary of State John Kerry for making a mess of things through the deal to appease the jihadist leaders of Iran.
“Every sanction that we had on there originally, which would have – if they would have just left it a little bit longer – … would have been so much easier than what we’ve been through over the last number of years,” Trump noted.
The president impressed how Obama and Kerry foolishly brokered the dangerous deal with Iran, which essentially allowed its terror-funding officials to continue building the Islamic nation’s nuclear arsenal that poses a real threat to the U.S., Israel, Europe and the rest of the world.
“All they had to do was leave it the way it was – it was eating them away,” Trump insisted about Obama’s and Kerry’s pro-Iranian dealings. “But we’ve started it all over again – and it will be just as good. [It] wasted time – and lives – unfortunately, and they will be followed up with even more sanctions to address the full range of Iran’s malign conduct.”
Staying tough on terror …
As sponsor of the act, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) applauded the president’s remarks about HIFPAA’s necessity and the need to counter the ongoing threat of Hezbollah and its supporters in the Islamic Republic.
“As Beirut Marine families seek justice in U.S. courts against those responsible for this heinous attack, I urge the administration – through the Solicitor General – to tell the U.S. Supreme Court that it opposes the Iranian terrorist regime’s request to overturn a federal appeals court decision preventing $1.7 billion in frozen assets from returning to the Central Bank of Iran,” Rubio expressed in a statement, according to the Free Beacon.