Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Guy Benson of The Guy Benson Show (Excerpts)

April 8, 2020


QUESTION: Last question. It pertains to Iran. We’re seeing some commentary from I would say some of the usual suspects that it’s cruel of the United States to keep sanctions on Iran while they’re going through a very difficult time with coronavirus. I think they’ve been hit very hard and are being opaque about it. And it just – it sort of amazes me because there has been one example after another of outreach and offering of humanitarian help that would have nothing to do with these sanctions that Iran is rejecting. Why do some Americans keep conflating these two issues?

SECRETARY POMPEO: I can’t account for that; you’d have to ask them. The very first thing we did when we learned that Iran was being hit in a significant way with this virus was to reach out and offer humanitarian assistance. We did so publicly. You can see my statement and the State Department statements. We did so privately. We made very clear to them there was – there wasn’t a cost to this. We wanted to bring technical assistance and all the things that America can bring to help save Iranian lives. We’ve now facilitated assistance from other countries as well. We want good things for the Iranian people, but this is no reason to try and infuse cash to the Iranian regime. We’ve seen this before. That cash will go into the pockets of the corrupt leaders. That cash won’t go for medicine and food and supplies. If it was going to go to them, Guy, the money that they have already today wouldn’t be being used to transfer missiles around the world and to fund Hizballah.


SECRETARY POMPEO: They’ve got money; there are resources there. To suggest that sending cash to Iran right now is going to solve this humanitarian crisis is just a failure of logic. We hope that they’ll accept the humanitarian assistance (inaudible) that the Iranian people so desperately need, and there is no sanction in place today that prevents that from happening.