Trump Retracts Claim Of Seeing Plane Drop Cash In Iran

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump no longer thinks he saw video footage of a plane delivering $400 million in cash 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!” Trump tweeted on Aug. 5.

His reversal comes days after he claimed video released by Iran showed people taking money from the plane to embarrass the U.S. according to The Washington Post.

"Remember this: Iran — I don't think you heard this anywhere but here — Iran provided all of that footage, the tape of taking that money off the airplane," Trump said at a Daytona Beach rally on Aug. 3. "Right?"

The video Trump refers to was reportedly recorded on Jan. 17 in Geneva, when three Americans were released from prison in Tehran, Iran.

Trump’s comments on the video were made after news broke that the U.S. made a $400 million cash payment to Iran in January.

The Obama Administration said the money was paid to Iran as a settlement of a longstanding arms dispute, and not as a ransom for the American prisoners who were released from the country around the same time, according to Bloomberg.

“We do not pay ransom for hostages,” President Barack Obama said at an August 4 news conference at the Pentagon.

Upon viewing the footage, Trump concluded that it must be of the controversial money transfer, a spokeswoman for the GOP nominee told The Washington Post:

Now, here's the amazing thing: Over there, where that plane landed, top secret, you 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 gonna be shot because they're shooting a picture of money pouring off a plane.

After admitting he was wrong about what the video footage showed, Trump turned his attention to casting doubt on whether his opponent for the White House, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, is fit to serve.

“Hillary Clinton has bad judgment and is unfit to serve as President,” he tweeted.

Sources: Donald Trump/Twitter (2), The Washington Post, Bloomberg / Photo Credit: Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Flickr

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