Republican lawmakers criticized Boeing, based in Chicago, when the deal was in its infancy in June. Reps. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) and Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) sent a letter to Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg, warning that the deal could weaponize Iran.
"The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) systematically uses commercial aircraft to transport troops, weapons, military-related parts, rockets and missiles to hostile actors around the world," the letter stated. " . . . These terrorist groups and rogue regimes have American blood on their hands. Your potential customers do as well."
After the announcement by the aircraft manufacturer, the lawmakers showed no sign of budging, as a senior aide to Roskam told FoxNews.com that he intends to "aggressively fight" the deal in the next Congress, and expressing hope that the political winds would shift in their favor when Trump takes office.
"The incoming appointees at Treasury and State will no longer report to a White House willing to bend over backward and ignore national security concerns to keep Iran from walking away from the nuclear deal," the aide said.
Let's keep our collective fingers crossed that the Ayatollah doesn't throw any compliments at Trump--he's a sucker for a kind word.
Hensarling said the deal is "disappointing to say the least" and blamed Obama. [I blame Valerie Jarrett, an Iranian-born woman of shady background who holds Obama's puppet strings.]
"The President wants us to sell planes not just to this dangerous regime, but to an airline that his own Treasury Department sanctioned in 2011. President Obama even wants U.S. banks to draw on American citizens' deposits to financy Iran, a regime that Treasury calls 'a jurisdiction of primary money laundering concern,'" Hensarling said. "If a U.S. financial institution attempts to bankroll Iran in the waning days of the Obama administration, it will have to answer to Congress," he warned.
Boeing framed the deal as one that would support American jobs. "Today's agreement will support tens of thousands of U.S. jobs directly associated with production and delivery of the 777-300ERs and nearly 100,000 U.S. jobs in the U.S. aerospace value stream for the full course of deliveries," Boeing said, also noting that it supports 1.5 million American jobs.
Trump, earlier this month, tweeted that he wants to cancel an order with Boeing because the costs for a new Air Force One are "out of control."
The Boeing deal was made possible by the left who removed trade sanctions in January as part of the nuclear deal. Since that time, Iran has been hijacking our sailors, buzzing our naval vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, and basically flipping us off as they laugh at our lack of resolve in a president who is impotent in so many ways.
A dual citizen, Robin Shahini, 46, was put into prison for 18 years in Iran after a 3-hour trial for the violation of the blasphemy law.
Why is Boeing dealing with this disgusting nation?
The first planes are set to be delivered to Iran in 2018.