Iranian media reportedly recorded and aired a clip of a plane carrying $400 million in cash from the U.S., meaning Republican nominee Donald Trump might have seen "secret" videos, as he claimed he did.
At a campaign rally, Trump claimed to have seen video of the plane arriving in Tehran carrying the cash from the U.S. The money was reportedly sent at the same time hostages were freed from Iran, although President Barack Obama said the money was part of an Iranian nuclear agreement.
“That means that in order to embarrass us further, Iran sent us the tapes. Right? It's a military tape. It was a tape that's 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,” he said during the rally at Daytona Beach, Florida.
Trump later backtracked on his claims in a tweet, saying the video he saw was of the hostage plane arriving in Geneva, Switzerland, from Iran, not of the money being brought into the country.
“The plane I saw on television was the hostage plane in Geneva, Switzerland, not the plane carrying $400 million in cash going to Iran!" he tweeted, BBC reported.
The video aired in Iran was broadcast in February on a state-run network as part of a documentary.
“The Islamic republic made an expensive offer to the equation: the release of seven Iranian prisoners in the United States, $1.7 billion, and the lifting of sanctions against 16 Iranians who were prosecuted by the U.S. legal system with the unjust excuse of sanctions violations,” a narrator stated in the documentary.
“But this was not all the Iranians' demands. Lifting sanctions against Sepah Bank was added to Iran's list. All of this, in return for the release of only four American citizens: a win-lose deal that benefits the Islamic Republic of Iran and hurts the United States.”
The White House later insisted the Obama administration did not pay ransom for the release of the hostages, as Republicans and Trump previously claimed.
“Let me be clear: The United States does not pay ransom,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.
“This is Iranian practice 101. Of course they filmed it, and of course they broadcast it,” a Persian translator told the Daily Mail.
“I wouldn't be surprised if someone advising Trump had seen the footage. And I'd be shocked if the White House didn't know about it the day after it aired.”