Donald Trump on Friday morning admitted that he did not see footage of American cash being delivered to Iran after claiming at least twice that he saw video of the cash being unloaded off a plane.
The plane I saw on television was the hostage plane in Geneva, Switzerland, not the plane carrying $400 million in cash going to Iran!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2016
Trump claimed at a rally on Wednesday that he saw a video of the $400 million payment the United States made to Iran as it arrived in Iran. However, the Washington Post noted that the Republican nominee was likely referring to footage of American hostages arriving in Geneva after being freed from Iran. Fox News played the video from Geneva while reporting on the $400 million payment this week, the Post noted.
When asked by the Post, the Trump campaign said that the candidate was referring to the video from Geneva that played on news broadcasts this week. The Post reported the Trump campaign’s statement early Thursday morning.
But before admitting his mistake himself, Trump repeated the claim at rally on Thursday.
“It was interesting because a tape was made, you saw that? With the airplane coming in?” Trump asked at a rally in Maine, according to the Huffington Post. “Nice plane. And the airplane coming and the money coming off, I guess. That was given to us, has to be, by the Iranians.”
“And you know why the tape was given to us? Because they want to embarrass our country, and they want to embarrass our president,” he added.