While everyone else is focused on what Donald Trump said eleven years ago (and why is Hillary trying to claim the moral high ground anyway?), the Obama Administration figured hey, why not take an under-the-radar shot at making life easier for one of the world’s most prominent sponsors of terror.
Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume caught it and posted the details on Twitter:
Oh great. Obama administration further eases Iran sanctions, puts news out Friday of holiday weekend. https://t.co/Cb539VB0Ly
— Brit Hume (@brithume) October 8, 2016
Apparently, the idea is to make it easier for U.S. businesses to do business in Iran.
Before the start of the Columbus Day holiday weekend, the Treasury Department made it easier for offshore banking institutions to make transactions with Iran, as long as the money doesn’t actually enter the U.S. financial system. Although many sanctions were lifted as a part of the Iran deal, certain “specially designated nationals,” or SDNs, are still subject to the sanctions for reasons which include their human rights record or support for terror groups.