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Obama Explains the $400 Million Payment to Iran; Media Joins Clinton Campaign; Trump’s Message; State of Donald Trump’s Campaign Examined; Interview with Dr. Ben Carson; Clint Eastwood Criticizes Political Correctness

Middle East, North America

Obama Explains the $400 Million Payment to Iran; Media Joins Clinton Campaign; Trump’s Message; State of Donald Trump’s Campaign Examined; Interview with Dr. Ben Carson; Clint Eastwood Criticizes Political Correctness


SEAN HANNITY, HOST (voice-over): Tonight…

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: As ISIL is beaten back, we’re gaining vast amounts of intelligence, thousands of documents, thumb drives, digital files which we will use to keep destroying ISIL’s networks and stop foreign fighters.

HANNITY: President Obama tries to defend his disastrous record on fighting ISIS. Colonel Oliver North and Walid Phares weigh in.

DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: It was Hillary Clinton. She should get an award from them as the founder of ISIS.

HANNITY: And Donald Trump continues to roast Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail.

CLINT EASTWOOD, ACTOR/DIRECTOR: Go ahead, make my day.

HANNITY: And Clint Eastwood slams political correctness in America. All of that, plus Laura Ingraham joins us.

“Hannity” starts right here, right now.


HANNITY: And welcome to “Hannity.” And tonight, President Obama addresses the ongoing fight against the Islamic State, which he says, of course, is the JV team and they’re not Islamic. Watch this.


BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: ISIL still has the ability to threat and inspire attacks. So we’ve seen terrible bombings in Iraq and in Jordan and Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Afghanistan, attacks on an Istanbul airport, a restaurant in Bangladesh, Bastille Day celebrations and a church in France and a music festivarl in Germany.

I do want to step back and note the broader progress that has been made in this campaign so far. Two years ago, ISIL was racing across Iraq, to the outskirts of Baghdad itself, and to many observers, ISIL looked invincible. ISIL has not had a major successful offensive operation in either Syria or Iraq in a full year.


HANNITY: Now, the president also talked about his administration’s latest scandal, sending $400 million in cold, hard cash in the dark of night to Iran while Tehran was releasing American hostages. Look at this.


OBAMA: It’s been interesting to watch this story surface. Some of you may recall we announced these payments in January, many months ago. It wasn’t a secret. We announced them to all of you. Josh did a briefing on them. This wasn’t some nefarious deal.

The only bit of news that is relevant on this is the fact that we paid cash, which brings me to my last point. The reason that we had to give them cash is precisely because we are so strict in maintaining sanctions, and we do not have a banking relationship with Iran, that we couldn’t send them a check.


HANNITY: Now, meanwhile, the president and John Kerry and Susan Rice — they all admitted some of this money could, in fact, be used for terrorism, the cash that he gave them!

Joining us now with reaction, the host of “War Stories,” Colonel Oliver North. Colonel North, I can’t think of a better person to comment on this story than you, sir.

OLIVER NORTH, “WAR STORIES” HOST: Well, Sean, I watched that press conference — absolutely astounded. Why didn’t somebody get up and ask the question, Well, why did you ship it in the middle of the night in foreign currency on a chartered aircraft? Why not take it on that transport airplane, which is parked right behind the shipment of money? Why did they do it in the middle of the night this way?

Lookit, the $400 million transfer to Tehran is just the latest in a seven- year history of Obama regime lies, deceits and dissembling! Think about it, Fast and Furious, the IRSenemies list, the “Obama care,” keep your health care, Benghazi, before, during and after, the e-mail cover-up by State and Clinton about what happened in Benghazi, and of course, the ISIS is now on the ropes again.

Lookit, the responsibility to protect people in Libya by killing Gadhafi has left a terrible caricature of American’s foreign policy. And the whopper of all, and he touched on it in his press conference, the existential threat of Iran’s nuke deal and the nuclear ICBM research and development with North Korea really isn’t what it is.


NORTH: It’s loony!

HANNITY: You know, and of course, by the way, we need jobs for jihadis and John Kerry equates global warming as as big a danger to the world and the United States as ISIS.

I guess the thing that stands out to me is, imagine a Republican president — imagine that on the same day that hostages are released, they have an unmarked cargo plane, that they went to Switzerland and other countries to pour in euros and francs, and I assume dollars and other currencies, $400 million, and in the dark of night, fly this unmarked cargo plane into Tehran!

Now, Josh Earnest said today that they’ve been completely transparent about the whole issue. Well, they never mentioned the $400 million that was transferred at the time they were getting the hostages released! So did they pay a ransom here, is the big question?

NORTH: Yes, this was a ransom. Lookit, the very first demand by the Iranians when I met with them in 1985 was a refund of the $400 million from the shah, a down payment on weapons he’d wanted to buy. That’s what they wanted from Jimmy Carter. That’s what they wanted from me.

You know, it turns out I was actually a better negotiator than John Kerry. We didn’t send money to the Iranians! They paid us! I know. I was the one who had to sit down on the other side of the table with the likes of Ahmadinejad and Rouhani. What they wanted first of all was that $400 million. They got it from this administration. The Israelis shipped Tows, and we got hostages and Iranian money. Tows weren’t — Tows were doctored so they wouldn’t work, and we had an interpreter, thank God, who was there and can confirm that.

We used the money from the ayatollahs to support a pro-democracy movement in Central America. Is that the right thing to do? Apparently, a lot of people decided otherwise. But we didn’t have to do things like they did it.

I mean, think about this. There’s an American transport plane right behind the shipment of money, and they’re telling me this isn’t ransom? It defies reality. Why didn’t somebody ask that at the press conference today?

HANNITY: Yes, well, you know, and that’s the thing. And the president’s got this big smile on their (sic) face, but the idea that they acknowledged that money will be used for terror, the idea that the $150 billion on top of it, that they can spin their centrifuges, that they can build up conventional arms, that they can follow up on ballistic missiles, which would allow them to launch the weapon — two weeks ago, it came out that they — we now have cut their time in half that they can build this nuclear weapon…

NORTH: Right.

HANNITY: … and create missile defense and join in a partnership with Vladimir Putin. Now, that…

NORTH: Sean…

HANNITY: And the president’s smiling! To me, this is the single greatest mistake ever made by any president in history!

NORTH: We have an existential threat against the American homeland and the American people because of what this administration has done. And that money is not only going to support terrorism, that money is also going to support the research and development that’s going on right now between the North Koreans and the Iranians on nuclear weapons and the means of delivering them!

And this president blows it off. They just got more than 1,000 brand-new centrifuges to expedite the time it takes them to refine nuclear material for weapons grade.

HANNITY: It certainly puts into perspective, doesn’t it, the criticisms that the media has been obsessed with Donald Trump, considering now we have clearly given money and weaponry and an opportunity for the world’s biggest state sponsor of terror to do more terror…


HANNITY: … and to fight more proxy wars, as they have been doing.



NORTH: … other cash that we gave them. Absolutely right.

HANNITY: All right, Colonel…

NORTH: And Walid knows that just as well as I do. I mean, it’s just — it’s pitiful to see the president of the United States getting up and lying like that.

HANNITY: Colonel, thank you. Safe home.

NORTH: Pleasure.


HANNITY: Joining us now with reaction, FOX News Middle East analyst, Donald Trump‘s foreign policy adviser, Dr. Walid Phares. Dr. Phares, your reaction to all this.

WALID PHARES, FOX TERRORISM AND MIDDLE EAST ANALYST: Well, what the president said in the first part with regard to ISIS misses a lot of things. What he did not share with the American public is why it took us – - it took the coalition three years to make that progress, and it will going to take another three years. He won’t be in the White House.

Well, simply because the Iranians told the administration they don’t want American forces on the ground. They don’t want Arab forces on the ground. They don’t want Sunni moderates on the ground. Why? Because they want to seize those places of ISIS into their hands, and they want to protect (INAUDIBLE)

HANNITY: Let me ask you this. Walid, because the Iranians say this was ransom. Obama smiles, as we just played. He denies it’s ransom. Who’s right? Who’s telling the truth? Is Obama telling the truth, or are the Iranian mullahs telling the truth?

PHARES: The Iranian leadership has a history of saying — of telling what has really happened, why the administration never shared with the American people.

HANNITY: Here’s another point. If they’re such good friends with the president, who gave them the $150 billion and the right to spin their centrifuges and 25 days’ notice before an inspection and the right to missile defense and conventional weapons and all this — I thought they were Obama’s friend. They got everything in that deal, and they still take shots at him and try and embarrass him on the world stage! And I’m thinking, What part of this does Obama not understand?

PHARES: It’s not just a bad deal. It’s a very bad deal, and the Iranians are showing this. Not only we give them, as you said, Sean, $150 billion to improve their dome, their weapon, they’re actually still kidnapping and have Americans in their custody, and we are paying, you know, money to get them out! This is the absolute worst deal ever signed in the history of deals!

HANNITY: You know, I thought Fast and Furious was bad. The Obama gave guns to, let’s see, gangsters, drug dealers, kidnappers. They gave them guns. They didn’t even put a GPS on it.

Now they’re giving them the opportunity to spread and foment terror in the entire region, fight their proxy wars, which they have been doing, and build a nuclear weapon and not have the inspections anyplace, anytime, anywhere, as we were originally promised. And they got ransom, which means what, more Americans will be taken hostage?

PHARES: That is very, very ironic because at the same time we have Americans negotiating with them, with the Iranians and companies and people linked to the administration, we have American individuals who are captured and detained.

And at the same time also, we have abandoned our allies when we negotiated that deal with Iran. We have not included Israel. We have not included the gulf. We have not included Jordan. I don’t know what (INAUDIBLE)

HANNITY: It’s funny. If you look at the economy and you look at the world post-Obama, if there’s any one human being, the community organizer, the Alinsky disciple, the church of GD America, the friend of unrepentant domestic terrorists — there’s never been anybody this unfit to hold office! And he’s criticizing Donald Trump? I’ll take Trump any day. Thank you, Walid.

PHARES: Thank you.

HANNITY: Coming up next tonight right here on “Hannity”…


DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: Hillary Clinton, furthermore, can never be trusted with national security. Can’t!


HANNITY: Trump continues to eviscerate Clinton on the campaign trail. Laura Ingraham and Trump attorney Michael Cohen will weigh in.

Also tonight…


HILLARY CLINTON (D-NY), PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: I’m telling you right now, we’re going to write fairer rules for the middle class, and we are going to raise taxes on the middle class!


HANNITY: Raise taxes on the middle class. All right. Well, did she mean it? It seems like it. We’ll check in with Monica Crowley, Charlie Hurt, Doug Schoen.

And then later, Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood opens up about the 2016 race while bashing the out-of-control political correctness atmosphere we live in as “Hannity” continues straight ahead.




DONALD TRUMP (R), PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: You’ll have four more years of Obama if you elect Hillary Clinton.


TRUMP: Four more years. Remember this! Hillary Clinton essentially wants to take away your rights under the 2nd Amendment! She wants to take away your guns. She wants to take away those bullets. She wants to take away your rights! Hillary Clinton, furthermore, can never be trusted with national security. Can’t!


HANNITY: That was Donald Trump hammering Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail earlier today at a town hall in Maine. Now, Trump has been going after his Democratic rival very hard in recent days. Here with reaction, editor-in-chief of Lifezette.com, FOX News contributor, nationally syndicated radio host Laura Ingraham, and from the Trump organization, special counsel to Donald Trump Michael Cohen is with us.

All right, so here’s the left-wing media doing the bidding of Hillary, sort of like an extension of her press office, and trying to say, Oh, Donald Trump, an intervention is needed. I’ve talked to every single person I know in that campaign, and you can affirm that I know many and if not all.

MICHAEL COHEN, TRUMP ORGANIZATION: Yes, but you didn’t speak to me.

HANNITY: I did so. Stop it!


HANNITY: None of this is true!

COHEN: None of it.

HANNITY: None of it!

COHEN: There’s not a single word that’s coming out of this liberal media’s mouth that has any accuracy at all. There is no infighting. There is no concern. There is no anything. And whoever these people are that they claim that they’re talking to, it’s an absolute lie.

HANNITY: You know, and Laura, as I watched Mr. Trump the last few days, he seems very focused. He’s no longer fighting Paul RyanJohn McCain, or Ted Cruz or Mr. Han.


HANNITY: He seems back on issues, focused, as a lot of people that were critical said he should be focused on. Thoughts.

INGRAHAM: Yes, I mean, you have to stay on offense. If anyone needs an intervention, it’s the former secretary of state, given the fact that she can see a tape of what Jim Comey said and just do a bald-faced lie on national television when asked twice by Chris Wallace. So an intervention for truth-telling would be necessary.

But I agree with you, Sean, that Trump in the last couple of days — I think — I think he’s pushed the peripheral issues for the most part to the side. He has to keep doing that, though. You can’t — you can’t expect that the Clintons are going to be like all these Republican junior varsity players who couldn’t beat him. They are among the best political players on the scene. They’re going to be helped by Obama, who’s one of the best campaigners on the scene. And he’s got to bring his A-game.

And I think — I think as long as he stays on the offense, talks about getting more money in the pockets of the regular working families — they’re going to be able to earn more money, find better jobs, their life is going to get better if the status quo changes — he’s got to stay on that message, stop — you know, I would stop talking about the other Republicans and just start talking about Hillary’s disaster record and the plans that he has for the future. And that is a winner I a lot of these key states.

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