Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has attempted to attack President Trump over his cooperation with Egyptian leader Al-Sisi, but his plan just blew up in his face.
Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese national imprisoned by Iran from 2015 to 2019 on charges that he was a spy for the United States, accused Biden on Tuesday of “leaving him behind” in order to get the Iran nuclear deal done.
The Washington Free Beacon reported:
Zakka was referring to the Obama administration’s decision to refrain from demanding that Iran release hostages during sensitive diplomatic talks that eventually led to the nuclear agreement.
The former administration was criticized for avoiding thorny topics like hostages as part of its efforts to court the Islamic Republic.
Zakka’s accusation was prompted by a tweet Biden published on Sunday accusing Trump of doing the exact same thing to an Egyptian-American medical student that had been imprisoned for over a year in Egypt for protesting.
“Mohamed Amashah is finally home after 486 days in an Egyptian prison for holding a protest sign. Arresting, torturing, and exiling activists like Sarah Hegazy and Mohamed Soltan or threatening their families is unacceptable. No more blank checks for Trump’s “favorite dictator.”
Zakka replied to Biden’s tweet: “With all due respect Mr. Biden, I don’t think you are well-positioned to comment on this subject. I never comment on politics but this one was too much. You left us behind in Iran. Remember? Tehran?”
According to reports, Zakka was “psychologically tortured and subjected to inhumane and degrading treatment” during his lengthy imprisonment in Iran.
The Washington Examiner reported in 2016 — a year after Zakka was imprisoned — that one Obama administration official called for action to obtain Zakka’s freedom, but said that the most that then-Secretary of State John Kerry was able to do for Zakka was “[raise] the cases of detained and missing U.S. citizens anytime he [meets] with Iranian officials.”