Nikki Haley blasts Biden admin as irresponsible for insisting there’s no link between $6 billion of US cash and Hamas’ attack on Israel – and warns Iran could enter through the southern border: ‘We don’t need to wait for another 9/11’

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley tore into Anthony Blinken on Sunday after the Secretary of State insisted that releasing $6 billion to Iran played no role in Saturday’s attack.

Haley, who served as President Donald Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, warned that his successor’s ‘open border’ policies have left the US vulnerable to a similar attack.

Speaking on NBC’s Meet The Press, Blinken said Iran had not yet seen a penny of the $6 billion in sanctioned oil revenue earmarked for ‘humanitarian purposes’ last month in exchange for five American prisoners.

But Haley told the same program that Iran was already banking on the money to finance its terror campaign.

‘It was irresponsible for Secretary Blinken to say that the $6 billion doesn’t weigh in here,’ she added.

‘I mean, let’s be honest with the American people and understand that Hamas knows and Iran knows they’re moving money around as we speak, because they know 6 billion is going to be released.

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken insisted that Iran has spent nothing of the $6billion they received in a cash for hostages deal, but Nikki Haley said they are spending on account 

‘This money belongs to the Islamic Republic of Iran,’ Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said when asked about a del to unlock $6 billion in oil revenues as part of a deal to release five U.S. citizens

Palestinians are greeted by crowds after returning from crossing the border into Israel on Saturday

Palestinians are greeted by crowds after returning from crossing the border into Israel on Saturday

‘That’s the reality.’

The former South Carolina governor said she knew from her dealings with the International Atomic Energy Agency that funds released by previous administrations had gone to militant groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah.

‘They go and spread terrorism every time they get $1,’ she added.

‘It doesn’t go to the Iranian people. It does go to terrorist attacks, and Secretary Blinken, it’s just wrong to imply that this money is not being moved around as we speak.’

The deal with Iran helped free US citizens Siamak Namazi, 51, Emad Sharqi, 59, and Morad Tahbaz, 67, a duel U.S.-U.K. national, as well as two unidentified U.S. citizens.

‘Not a single cent has been spent from that account,’ Blinken said.

‘When any money is spent from that account, it can only be used for medical supplies, for food, for medicine, and those who are saying otherwise are either misinformed or misinforming, and it’s wrong either way.’

But Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi laughed at the idea that Tehran’s spending would be controlled.

‘This money belongs to the Islamic Republic of Iran, and naturally, we will decide – the Islamic Republic of Iran will decide – to spend it wherever we need it,’ he told NBC last month.

‘Humanitarian means whatever the Iranian people need, so this money will be budgeted for those needs. And the needs of the Iranian people will be decided and determined by the Iranian government.’

Blinken said he had ‘not yet seen evidence’ that Iran was involved in the attack that killed at least 700 people, but he admitted that Israel’s growing ties to its Arab neighbors may have inspired the terrorists.

‘It’s no surprise that those who are opposed to the talks, those who are opposed to Israel normalizing its relations with its neighbors and with countries beyond the region, are: Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran.’

But senior members of Iran-backed militant group Hezbollah claimed that the attack was given the green light by Iranian security officials.

Hamas plotted the air, land and sea invasions with help from officers of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, according to a Wall Street Journal report, with the final go-ahead given at a Monday meeting in Beirut.

Haley who is now second only to Donald Trump in the race for the Republican nomination according to some recent polls said that Hamas’ attack should act as a ‘wake-up’ call for the US itself.

‘We have an open border,’ he claimed.

‘People are coming through. They’re not being vetted. We don’t need to wait for another 9/11.

‘You also look at the fact that America is incredibly distracted and incredibly divided, and when America’s distracted, the world is less safe.

‘And look at what happened to Israel. They waited for them to be distracted, and that’s when your enemies move in. America needs to wake up.’