KATIE BRITT, Senator for Alabama

Washington, D.C., August 10, 2023 – U.S. Senator Katie Britt (R-Ala.) today released the following statement after reports of an intended prisoner swap and a $6 billion ransom paid to Iran in exchange for five captive Americans:

“While I will always join my fellow Americans in welcoming home our citizens held hostage around the world, I’m deeply troubled by the naive ‘deal’ the Biden Administration reportedly struck. Handing $6 billion to the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism is a reckless and dangerous decision that threatens the lives of Americans and our allies across the globe. This appeasement will only embolden our adversaries and invite hostile actors to take more American hostages in the future, as they know doing so could score them massive payouts from this Administration. As we near the anniversary of his disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, President Biden has once again shown the world that his failed foreign policy is built on a foundation of weakness. It’s time to get back to achieving peace through strength.”