Donald Trump appears to have admitted he was wrong when he claimed he saw footage of cash being transferred to Iran.
“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 tweeted Friday morning.
At a Florida rally on Wednesday, Trump said he had seen video of cash being taken from a plane, referring to the $400 million flown to Tehran around the same time Iran released four American hostages in January. President Barack Obama quieted speculation that the cash transfer was a ransom for the release of the hostages on Thursday, saying the timing was a coincidence. The cash was part of a $1.7 billion settlement of a dispute over an arms deal between the U.S. and pre-revolution Iran.
Trump described the video of the supposed transfer in detail to the crowd at the Florida rally, although officials later said there was no such footage. His campaign spokeswoman said Thursday the video he saw was B-roll footage shown on TV, and that he did not see a money transfer.
The real video Trump saw showed the released American hostages landing in Geneva, Switzerland.