Presidential candidate and failed CEO Carly Fiorina has not been shy in discussing her contempt for the Iran nuclear agreement, even criticizing the way the deal was reached. During an interview on CBS This Morning, she commented that “I've never negotiated an Iran nuclear deal, but I've negotiated a lot of high-stakes deals, and there are a couple of rules and every rule has been broken. If you want a good deal, you've got to walk away sometimes. We never did."
However, Vox News recently been reported that while Fiorina was CEO at Hewlett-Packard, the company “sold hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of equipment — mostly printers — in Iran.” And while she claims that she was unaware of these sales, and therefore didn’t commit any sanctions laws violations, the company under her direction was involved in breaking the same sanctions she now insists should not be lifted now under the agreement.
And while Fiorina claims that she has no knowledge that HP was using a foreign subsidiary to distribute products in Iran, she does cite her time as CEO as an example of her leadership and therefore a good indication of how she can lead our nation. Yet, during her time there, her company was involved in illicit trades with the same country that she so vehemently opposes making a deal with today. And given the number of experts who have named Fiorina as one of the worst chief executives of all time, perhaps we should not be surprised that such deals were taking place during her tenure without her taking the time to learn about them.
Furthermore, BuzzFeed News is now reporting that Fiorina was paid nearly $50,000 in June 2014 for a speech to French bank BP Paribas, less than a week after the Wall Street Journal reported that the Justice Department was seeking more than $10 billion from the bank for sanctions violations.
For someone so opposed to any sanctions relief for Iran, Fiorina seems to have a murky, at best, past on her dealings with the country.