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4 October, 2016

Statement by Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner on Peace Referendum in Colombia

October 4, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement regarding the narrow defeat of an agreement in a national referendum Sunday in Colombia that would have brought a decades-old Marxist insurgency to a peaceful end:

The champions of Peace Colombia may have lost Sunday’s vote, but they have won the admiration of people in our country and throughout the world with their commitment to a unified, free and prosperous nation.  It is more important now than ever that the United States stand with President Santos and all those in Colombia who strive for peace.  With the outcome of Sunday’s vote, we see now the full scope of the challenge they have undertaken.  It is a noble and vital pursuit, and one in which all the nations of the Americas have a stake.  For the sake of prosperity and security of our hemisphere, it is a quest that must continue and ultimately succeed.  The United States must  now be more active than ever before in its partnership with President Santos and the people of the strong and stable democracy that is Colombia.”

NOTE: Boehner developed a special bond with Colombia during his nearly five years as Speaker, securing enactment of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, visiting President Santos in Bogota and Cartagena, and hosting the Colombian president at the U.S. Capitol.  He was honored at the Colombian Embassy in Washington, D.C. earlier this year for his efforts to promote and strengthen the special relationship between the U.S. and Colombia during his years as Speaker.

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23 July, 2016

Former Speaker Boehner Launches Six-Week Cross-Country Bus Tour in Support of House GOP Majority

July 23, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today kicked off a six-week cross-country bus tour aboard “Freedom One,” a 45-foot motor coach, in support of the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

 “The country needs Speaker Paul Ryan and a conservative majority in the People’s House,” Speaker Boehner said, praising the detailed policy agenda put forth by House Republicans last month.  “We earned the majority in the House together in 2010, and it’s important for the nation that Republicans keep it.”

During the bus tour, the former Speaker will campaign on behalf of more than 20 House Republican Members, including Reps. Chris Collins (R-NY), David Joyce (R-OH), Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Dave Trott (R-MI).  States the former Speaker will visit during the tour include Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

 The Boehner bus tour, modeled after the bus trips that became an annual August ritual for him during his days as House Republican Leader and later Speaker, begins July 23 in New Jersey and will travel as far west as Washington State, concluding shortly before Labor Day. 

 Freedom One’s itinerary includes events organized in coordination with the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).  The tour is being financed by the Freedom Project, Boehner’s still-active political action committee (PAC).  The former speaker and his team will use social media to provide updates from the road as Freedom One makes its way across the country.

 Boehner, who supports the GOP presidential ticket, is focusing his efforts this summer on the House majority, as he did in previous cycles during his days in the House leadership.

 “Speaker Boehner may no longer be in office, but he still feels strongly about defending the majority that was earned during his time in office,” said Boehner spokesman Dave Schnittger. “It will always be his priority.”

“The August bus tours got into Boehner’s bloodstream during his years in the House,” Schnittger said.  “He enjoyed getting out beyond the Beltway, visiting colleagues’ districts, and talking to people around the country.  That still holds true for him now, as a former speaker, and he wants to continue to contribute to the cause.”

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15 July, 2016

Statement by Former House Speaker John Boehner on Selection of Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) for 2016 GOP Vice Presidential Nomination

July 15, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement regarding presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s decision to name Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) as his running mate for the 2016 presidential campaign:

“Governor Mike Pence is an exceptional leader, and an even better man. As chairman of the House Republican Conference during a critical time for our country, he played a key role in helping us earn the majority in the House.  And with his heart, honesty, and integrity, he won the trust and respect of everyone with whom he served.  I’ll always be grateful for his friendship; his loyalty to the team and the cause during his years in the House; and the relationship we continued to have after the people of Indiana chose him as their Governor.  I congratulate Mike, Karen and their family.”

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28 June, 2016

Statement by Former Speaker Boehner on Investigative Report of Select Committee on Benghazi

June 28, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement today on the release of the investigative report by the House Select Committee on Benghazi:

 “I commend Chairman Gowdy and the Members and staff of the Select Committee for putting forth a serious, thorough, fact-centered report with new information that casts new light on the events immediately before, during and after the tragedy in Benghazi that claimed the lives of four Americans.  I urge all Americans to read the Select Committee’s report and consider its contents in a manner that reflects the seriousness of the subject matter and the rights of the families of the fallen. 

 “Without the work of the Select Committee and its Members and staff, culminating in this important report, the American people would have been denied the truth about the circumstances surrounding the deaths of four of our countrymen and the courageous efforts of so many others who were on the ground that night.  Thanks to Chairman Gowdy and his members and staff, the American people now have the facts to make their own informed judgements, via an investigation that has honored the fallen and the cause for which they gave their lives.”

NOTE: On May 8, 2014, then-Speaker Boehner asked House Members to create a select committee to investigate the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya that claimed the lives of four Americans.  The creation of the select committee had become necessary after revelations that the White House had attempted to conceal information from investigations being conducted by the standing committees of the House, and had defied congressional subpoenas issued in those investigations.  “This doesn’t need to be, shouldn’t be, and will not be a partisan process,” Boehner said at the time.  “Four Americans died at the hands of terrorists in a well-coordinated assault.  And we will not take any shortcuts to the truth, accountability, or justice.”

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12 June, 2016

Speaker Boehner Statement on Passing of Former Ohio Gov. George Voinovich

June 12, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement on the passing of former Governor and U.S. Senator George Voinovich (R-OH):

“George Voinovich will be remembered for a career of public service marked by courage and compassion. Elected as Ohio’s governor on the same day I was elected to the U.S. House, George was a remarkable leader and a truly good and decent man who was unafraid to endure criticism for the sake of causes he believed were just. He made a profound impact on the lives of countless Ohioans and established a standard of leadership for which public servants of all political stripes from the Buckeye State will strive for generations to come. Debbie and I offer our prayers and deepest condolences to Janet and the Voinovich family.”

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7 June, 2016

Speaker Boehner Congratulates Rep.-Elect Warren Davidson (R-OH)

June 7, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement on Warren Davidson’s victory today in the special election for Ohio’s 8th Congressional District seat:

 “I congratulate Warren Davidson on his election to the U.S. House.  As I said months ago after Warren’s victory in the GOP primary, the voters of the 8th District have chosen someone who can be counted on to continue the fight for a smaller, less costly, more accountable federal government.  I know Warren will serve the people of the 8th District honorably, as he served our country honorably in the U.S. Army.  Debbie and I extend our sincere congratulations to him and Lisa, and wish them the very best.”

 Boehner represented the 8th District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 2015, serving as House Speaker from 2011 to 2015.

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15 May, 2016

Speaker Boehner Addresses Notre Dame Commencement, Accepts Laetare Medal with Vice President Biden

May 15, 2016

SOUTH BEND, IN — Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today addressed the commencement ceremony of the University of Notre Dame and gave brief remarks to graduates in accepting the university’s Laetare Medal, awarded jointly this year to Boehner and Vice President Joe Biden.  Speaker Boehner’s remarks (as prepared) are below:

Father Jenkins, Vice President Biden, graduates…I’m truly honored and privileged to be standing here today – just a regular guy who used to have a big job. 

It’s been six months now since I left public service. That’s given me some time to reflect. 

And something occurred to me a few months ago about the nature of the difficult task we call governing:

Governing is the art of the possible.

Politicians are constantly being pushed to promise the impossible. And this being a presidential election year, you’ve been hearing a lot of impossible promises.

But governing isn’t about doing the impossible. Governing, at its essence, is the art of the possible. 

Governing requires us to look for common ground where it can be found – without compromising on our principles. 

As Speaker, I always drew a distinction between “compromise” and “common ground,” because I truly believe they are two different things.

My greatest worry about our system is that we will lose the ability to distinguish between the two. 

The fact of the matter is, you can find common ground with the other side without compromising on your principles and core beliefs.

Our democracy, in fact, requires it from time to time.

And our system of government would break down completely if not for people on both sides of the fence who understand that distinction.

Ladies and gentlemen, Vice President Joe Biden is one of those people. 

Joe and I disagreed on many things during my time in office. Make no mistake about it. 

But even as we disagreed, we always understood the need to keep looking for the things we could agree on.

Mr. Vice President, it’s an honor to share a stage with you again, my friend.

It was almost eight months ago, Joe, that you and I were seated together in the House chamber behind His Holiness, Pope Francis, for the first address ever by a Pope to a Joint Meeting of the United States Congress. 

I tried for more than 20 years to bring a Pope to the U.S. Capitol.

They said it couldn’t be done; he’s not just a head of state, but the head of a Church.  It’s too controversial.

My view was that America could handle it.  And things worked out pretty well. 

As many know, that day also turned out to be the way I closed the book on my speakership and a nearly 25-year run in the U.S. House.

I had already decided I was leaving, but as I recognized only in retrospect, the Holy Spirit, working through Pope Francis, gave me the grace, strength and serenity to proceed with the plan. 

I saw an opportunity to announce my departure in a manner that honored my roots, my upbringing, and my Faith. 

If that isn’t going out on your own terms, I don’t know what is.

And in the 7-8 months since then, I’ve realized what a blessing it was personally, to be able to leave with the peace of mind and confidence that I was doing the Lord’s will. 

“Laetare” means “rejoice.”  There’s really no better word for it.  That’s exactly what I’ve been doing ever since I left the House. . .rejoicing! 

This day really isn’t about me, or Joe.  It’s about the students who today take their final steps as students of this university, and their first steps on the journey that will be the rest of their lives. 

This your day.  We celebrate you, and the remarkable things you’ve achieved, and the awesome things you have the potential to achieve in the future. 

As you begin this journey, recognize that there’s a difference between deciding who you want to be versus what you want to do. 

Career decisions are things you can only grapple with over time.   Character decisions are something you can make right now. 

It’s impossible for you to know what opportunities may present themselves as you travel the roads of your life. 

I certainly didn’t see serving in Congress or becoming Speaker of the House coming when I was working in my dad’s bar, or sweeping up floors as a janitor while I was working to pay my way through college.

But when I walked out of the U.S. Capitol for the last time as speaker, on October 30, 2015, I walked out as pretty much the same guy who walked in the door 25 years earlier.  For better or for worse!

You don’t have to decide what you want to do, but it’s never too early to commit yourself to what you truly believe.

 In fact, it’s far more important to figure out who you want to be.  You can’t possibly predict everything that lies ahead on the journey of life but you can decide now what kind of person you’re going to be and remain.  

I know what I believe: it doesn’t cost anything to be nice. It doesn’t do any good to carry grudges.  It’s always better to be honest with people. 

I knew these things in my own heart long before I embarked on the journey of public service.

Your identity is forged not by what you choose to do, but by how you choose to live your life.

The University of Notre Dame, has witnessed and weathered many changes.

Its very name honors the Blessed Mother.

Its motto is Vita Dulcedo Spes = life, sweetness, hope.  As in “Mary, our life, our sweetness, our hope,” from the Salve Regina prayer offered in the Rosary.

At its very founding, a choice was made to devote this institution to Our Lady.  

This school would go on to become one of the most decorated and respected institutions of higher learning our country.  But the core of its unique, special identity was forged even before then.

I would urge that you cherish this identity, and make absolutely no apologies for bringing it to bear in our world as a force for hope, freedom, and life

The University of Notre Dame has never been “just a school.” There are a thousand reasons for this, but they all trace back ultimately to the foundation upon which it was built.

It’s who you are, versus what you do.

Whether we’re talking about a person or an institution, staying true to yourself and what you set out to be is vital.  At the end of the day, it’s what matters most. 

It’s possible to find common ground without compromising on your core beliefs.

What matters most is that we know who we are, and stick to it, no matter where the roads of our life’s journey might take us.

Thank you, graduates, for the privilege of joining you on this day.

I know the Vice President joins me in saying: these medals may dangle from our necks, but this day – this glorious day – is yours.

Thank you, and God Bless You all.

12 May, 2016

Statement by Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Obamacare Court Ruling

May 12, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement regarding a ruling announced today by a federal district court in the lawsuit filed by the U.S. House of Representatives regarding unilateral actions taken by the Obama Administration in implementing the president’s health care law:

 “This decision is a victory for the American people, and for House Republicans, who have consistently stood for the rule of law and against the unconstitutional actions taken by the Obama Administration. In the implementation of the health care law and many other significant matters, the Obama Administration has engaged in historic overreach that has exceeded the bounds of the president’s authority and deepened the distrust many Americans feel toward their government.  The president of the United States is not a king or a monarch, with the ability to singlehandedly create or change the laws of our country.  And as I said in 2014 when I first announced that the we would initiate this legal action, the House has a responsibility to ensure the separation of powers in our democratic system remains clear, as the Framers intended.” 

For a timeline of the events that led to today’s court ruling, courtesy of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), go here.

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6 March, 2016

Statement by Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Passing of Former First Lady Nancy Reagan

March 6, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement in reaction to the news of the passing of former First Lady Nancy Reagan:

Debbie and I are saddened by Mrs. Reagan’s passing, but we take comfort in the knowledge that she and President Reagan are together again.  

“President Reagan was famous for his smile, and Nancy was usually the reason he was smiling.  During her husband’s presidency and the difficult years that followed, Nancy Reagan was a rock of strength and unconditional love, and a leader in her own right on matters close to her heart.  

“One of the great privileges of my days in the House leadership was the opportunity to escort Mrs. Reagan at the unveiling of the statue of her late husband in the United States Capitol.  I witnessed that day the love she felt for America and all she and President Reagan had sacrificed to achieve during their years of public service, and it made a profound impression on me that I carried through the rest of my own time in office.

“May they now both rest in peace in God’s loving arms, reunited for eternity.”

26 February, 2016

Next President Must Right Wrongs of Iran Nuclear Deal, Boehner Says

February 26, 2016

A Non-Nuclear Iran Can Only Be Attained Through Strength, Former Speaker Says

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In his first major foreign policy and natural security remarks since leaving office, former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today said the U.S. government must stand with the people of Iran and not with the radical regime that has oppressed them for decades while sponsoring terrorist aggression throughout the world. 

“The dream of a democratic, secular, non-nuclear Iran cannot be attained through the appeasement of a regime that oppresses its own people,” Boehner said in remarks to the U.S. Foundation for Liberty.  “The transformation of the regime in Iran is only achievable through strength: a strong and resolute stance by the United States and the free world.”

Boehner blasted the Iran nuclear deal that was rammed through last year by President Obama over the objections of a bipartisan majority in Congress, saying the administration’s actions in the months since he left office have only confirmed his worst fears about the agreement.

The former speaker upped the ante on questions raised earlier this month by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA), challenging the White House to explain why a surprise $1.7 billion payment was given earlier this month to the Iranian regime, rather than to American victims of terrorism linked to the government in Tehran.

“There are Americans who have longstanding claims at the Hague as well. . .Americans who are victims of the terrorism sponsored by the Iranian regime, who’ve been awarded judgements against Iran,” Boehner noted.  “Why would we transfer this money to the terrorist-sponsoring regime in Iran instead of compensating these American victims? 

“This is the United States of America.  We don’t stand with tyrants.  We stand up to tyrants.  It’s the way this great nation was born,” Boehner said.

“I hope and pray that the next president of the United States will right these wrongs and send this message loudly and unequivocally to people throughout the world,” the former speaker continued.  “It’s a message that must be heard everywhere – from the corridors of power here in Washington, to the streets of Tehran – and backed by the concrete will of a strong president with the confidence of the American people.” 

The full text of former Speaker Boehner’s remarks as prepared appears below.

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FEBRUARY 26, 2016

Thank you to the U.S. Foundation for Liberty for organizing this event to help educate the American people about the threats posed by the Iranian regime, and options to stop them.

And a special thanks to all the Members of the Iranian American community who are here today because you’re committed to the vision of a democratic, secular, non-nuclear Iran.

I’ve been a private citizen now for almost four months, after being in the U.S. House of Representatives for nearly a quarter century.  

Many assume I’ve spent most of the past four months playing golf. 

Well, yes, I’ll admit, I’ve played a little golf, and yes, I suppose you can say I’ve made up for some lost time. 

But you know, when you get down to it, life is really about finding balance.  And I’ve found a nice balance: having fun, getting acquainted with becoming a grandfather, doing some travel; but also doing some speeches, and some events for my former colleagues.

On the day I announced my departure, I rolled up to the podium in the House Radio & TV Gallery singing “Zip a Dee Doo Da.”

I’d been planning my exit for a while, and hey, I’ll admit it: it felt pretty good to be liberated. 

But the fact of the matter is, there are also a lot of things I care deeply about and will never stop caring about, whether I’m in office or not.

One of those things is the security of our nation, and the world, in the face of the global threat we know as international terrorism. 

When I was speaker, I got a special glimpse of hell.  I’m talking about the threat of a global enemy that seeks to destroy innocent life for the purpose of supporting its own violent, radicalized goals. 

All of America saw it up close 14 years ago, in the attacks on this city and the World Trade Center in which thousands of our countrymen lost their lives.

As speaker, I learned everything I could about the nature of this threat – a threat that has grown in the 14 years since 9/11

I saw the threat from many different angles as speaker: through conversations with people at home and abroad; through security briefings; through interactions I was privileged to have with the leaders of other nations.

Once you’ve gotten a glimpse of the true nature of this global enemy, you don’t forget it.  It stays with you.  It follows you everywhere.  

And I’m sorry to say it’s a global enemy that we, the United States of America, are effectively bankrolling at this very moment through the misguided policies of the current administration.

I spoke out against this as speaker of the House.  Repeatedly.  And I will continue to speak out against it now as a private citizen of the United States.

And so I’m deeply honored that you’ve asked me to deliver the keynote address for this important event at this critical time.

This is an important event.  There’s a message that the citizens of both countries – the United States, and Iran – need to hear.  

The American people need to be reminded about the nature of the threat posed to the world by the regime in Iran. . .a regime that, in spite of the “deal” brokered by the current administration, continues to pursue its nuclear ambitions, and continues to finance terrorist activity. 

The Iranian people need to hear a message as well.  They need to hear that the people of the United States stand with them – not with the regime that for decades has oppressed them, stifled their liberties, and crushed their dreams. 

The people of Iran – the victims of the Iranian regime – need to hear that the United States stands with them.  Sadly, for the past eight years, they’ve heard the opposite message from our government.

It’s a message amplified and underscored, tragically, by the flawed nuclear agreement reached between President Obama and the Iranian regime.

Never in the history of our country has something with so many consequences for our national security been rammed through with such little support. 

It’s a deal that rewards the Iranian regime with sanctions relief while allowing it to stay on a path to develop a nuclear weapon. 

Let’s stop for a moment and think about who the government of United States of America – the mightiest nation on Earth; the beacon of liberty shining throughout the world – has struck a deal with. 

This is a regime that is the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism. 

This is a regime propped up by quote-unquote “elections” in which all of the candidates are vetted in advance by a panel appointed by the Supreme Leader – and anybody who doesn’t swear allegiance to the supreme leader and “the Islamic Republic” is thrown out.  

This is a regime that will use its windfall of new money to threaten its neighbors and support terror networks that are a direct threat to the American people and our allies.  

This is a regime shielded by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, which is led by military officers linked to human rights violations and terrorism, who have supplied militants with weapons intended to kill Americans. 

This the same Revolutionary Guard that, it was reported this week, is in the advanced stages of planning a terror attack on passenger planes in Southeast Asia. 

For years we have also seen a steady stream of evidence to indicate that the terrorist-sponsoring regime in Tehran is working hard to establish a foothold in the Western Hemisphere, on the doorstep of the United States.

Evidence was presented to Congress as recently as last year showing the Iranian regime is advising troublemakers in Latin America on its proven methods of stifling civilian dissent and financing oppressive paramilitary forces. 

I led a congressional mission to South America in 2012.  During that journey, my colleagues and I heard repeatedly about efforts by Iran to create an economic and strategic partnership with Venezuela and other rogue nations. . .a partnership aimed at establishing a stronghold for Iranian influence in the West. 

Last summer, Venezuela signed a pact that formally established an economic partnership with the Iranian regime.

There is little question that the Iranian regime seeks use the resources of  this partnership to bankroll both its nuclear ambitious and its sponsorship of terrorist activity throughout the globe.

Incredibly, tragically, the Obama administration chose to cut a deal with this regime – legitimizing it, emboldening it, empowering it. . .supplying it with the financial and political oxygen it needs to not only survive, but thrive in a rapidly-changing world. 

It’s bad enough for the United States to have the wrong policy when things are confusing; when it’s hard to tell the right side from the wrong side.  It’s even worse for the United States to have the wrong policy when things are crystal clear.

In pursuing the deal with Iran, President Obama refused to listen.  He ignored the concerns of the American people, national security experts, and a bipartisan majority in the Congress.  

Americans were promised that the deal would be built on verification. 

Well, the independent Government Accountability Office (GAO) just this week is out with a study that documents “potential challenges in monitoring and verifying Iran’s implementation of certain nuclear-related commitments.”

These are the kinds of details it might have been helpful to have before the agreement was forced upon America, and the world. 

As I said on the House floor in September: it’s such a bad deal, the ayatollah won’t even have to cheat to be just steps away from a nuclear weapon.

Americans were also promised the deal would address Iran’s status as the world’s leading sponsor of terror. 

But the deal hands Iran billions to support additional terrorist activities, and provides relief to the “shadow commander” responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American troops in Iraq.  

I wish I could say my concerns have eased somewhat since leaving office, but I’m afraid I can’t. 

As the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, my friend Ed Royce of California, noted last month:

Just hours after the agreement’s implementation, the regime disqualified 2,967 of roughly 3,000 moderate candidates from running in the parliamentary elections.

The Iranian regime also conducted missile tests this winter in open defiance of the United States — an act of defiance that drew little more than a helpless shrug from the Obama administration. 

Then Iran’s president directed his generals to accelerate its intercontinental missile program – a program aimed, ultimately, at striking the United States. 

And just weeks ago, the Obama administration announced what appears to be a $1.7 billion ransom payment to the Iranian regime, coming on the same day four American political prisoners were released. 

While we clearly welcome the release of these Americans, there are huge questions about it that have gone unanswered.

The administration indicates this $1.7 billion payment was made to resolve a longstanding Iranian claim made through the “Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal,” based in The Hague.

I’ve got a question for the administration. 

There are Americans who have longstanding claims at the Hague as well. . .Americans who are victims of the terrorism sponsored by the Iranian regime, who’ve been awarded judgements against Iran.  

With all due respect: why in the world would we transfer this money to the terrorist-sponsoring regime in Iran instead of compensating these American victims? 

Chairman Royce has asked this question, and the Administration owes the American people some answers. 

Real change in Iran cannot be achieved through billion-dollar payouts and one-sided deals. 

The dream of a democratic, secular, non-nuclear Iran cannot be attained through the appeasement of a regime that oppresses its own people.

The transformation of the regime in Iran is only achievable through strength: a strong and resolute stance by the United States and the free world. 

This is the United States of America.  We don’t stand with tyrants.  We stand up to tyrants!  It’s the way this great nation was born.

I hope and pray that the next president of the United States will right these wrongs and send this message loudly and unequivocally to people throughout the world. 

It’s a message that must be heard everywhere – from the corridors of power here in Washington, to the streets of Tehran – and backed by the concrete will of a strong president with the confidence of the American people. 

I’m grateful for the chance to be with you today.  I look forward to your questions.