Donald Trump has finally admitted he got something wrong. After publicly declaring multiple times this week that he had seen “top-secret” footage of a plane unloading money the same day the Iranian government released four American detainees, the Republican presidential nominee finally admitted that video does not exist. “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 early Friday. Trump initially told a crowd Wednesday that he’d seen the nonexistent video—footage he claimed was filmed by the Iranian government to “embarrass” the United States. The next day, however, Trump’s own spokeswoman said the video was actually of prisoners being released. Nevertheless, Trump doubled down, again repeating the claim even after it had been debunked by his own campaign.
The plane I saw on television was the hostage plane in Geneva, Switzerland, not the plane carrying $400 million in cash going to Iran!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2016