Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has backed off a claim that he saw a “top secret” video pertaining to the Iran deal where the United States gave the Middle Eastern country $400 million as part of a settlement.
During two rallies this week, Trump insisted the video existed and was professionally made in order to embarrass America.
“Iran — I don’t think you’ve heard this anywhere but here — Iran provided all of that footage, the tape of taking that money off that airplane, right? $400 million in cash,” he told a crowd in Daytona, Fla.
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Trump criticized the deal when it was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, accusing President Obama of being incompetent and making the U.S. look weak. The official claim from the White House was that the $400 million was part of payment owed to Iran from a failed arms deal.
“Now here’s the amazing thing,” Trump told his audience in Daytona. “Over there, where that plane landed, top secret, they don’t have a lot of paparazzi. You know, the paparazzi doesn’t do so well over there, right? And they have a perfect tape done by obviously a government camera, and the tape is of the people taking the money off the plane, right? That means that in order to embarrass us further, Iran sent us the tapes, right? It’s a military tape. It’s a tape that was a perfect angle, nice and steady. Nobody getting nervous because they’re going to be shot because they’re shooting a picture of money pouring off a plane.”
Trump was immediately accused of making false claims, as no one confirmed there was an actual video showing this footage. Even Secretary of State John Kerry commented on it, telling reporters he wasn’t aware of such a thing.
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Admitting his error Friday morning, Trump tweeted out: “The plane I saw on television was the hostage plane in Geneva, Switzerland, not the plane carrying $400 million in cash going to Iran!”
The Republican nominee has stood by unproven claims before, but this is one of the first times he’s reversed course and acknowledged a mistake. Trump’s campaign told ABC News that the video he was referring to was one that aired on Fox News and presumably that could have caused some confusion.
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