Donald Trump has repeatedly made claims that he has seen a video that purportedly shows cash being unloaded from a plane at an airport in Tehran, Iran. However, this is a lie, as no such video exists, and Trump’s campaign is aware of this.
In Portland, Maine on Thursday, Trump said, “It was interesting because a tape was made, you saw that? With the airplane coming in? 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.”
It was the second time in two days that Trump claimed to have seen Iranian video of money being unloaded from a U.S. plane. He first made the claim Wednesday morning, during a rally in Daytona Beach, Florida, and said the video he had seen was “top secret.”
Trump’s spokeswoman told The Washington Post early Thursday that the candidate had actually seen publicly available footage of American citizens disembarking from a plane in Geneva in January. Spokeswoman Hope Hicks didn’t explain why Trump claimed the video was top secret Iranian military footage.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that the United States transferred $400 million in various non-U.S. currencies to Iran earlier this year as part of the settlement of a longstanding dispute over weapons sales in the late 1970’s, prior to the Iranian Revolution. The timing of the transfer coincided with the release of four U.S. prisoners from Iran. Critics of the Obama administration say the payment amounted to a ransom.
While in Daytona Beach, Trump said, “I’ll never forget the scene this morning. 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.”
But no such video exists, as U.S. officials confirmed to news outlets Thursday.
So once again, Donald Trump is flat-out LYING, and his campaign knows it.