Donald Trump has once again been caught lying. Surprised?
After allegedly watching a video showing $400 million being unloaded from a U.S. plane in Iran, Trump proceeded to bash President Barack Obama, but on Friday, he backpedaled on his story and admitted that he never saw such a video.
However, in Maine on Thursday, Trump claimed that the video existed and that it was being circulated by the Iranians “to embarrass our president because we have a president who’s incompetent.”
“It was interesting because a tape was made. Right? You saw that? With the airplane coming in — nice plane — and the airplane coming in, and the money coming off, I guess. Right? That was given to us, has to be, by the Iranians,” Trump said in Portland, Maine.
“And you know why the tape was given to us? Because they want to embarrass our country. They want to embarrass our country. And they want to embarrass our president because we have a president who’s incompetent. They want to embarrass our president,” Trump said. “I mean, who would ever think they would be taking all of this money off the plane and then providing us with a tape? It’s only for one reason. And it’s very, very sad.”
Early on Friday morning, Trump issued a tweet clarifying his previous remarks.
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
Oddly enough, this is one of the rare instances where Trump has admitted that he is wrong.
Tim Kaine chimed in on Trump’s claims, dismissing them as nonsensical and false.
“I have no idea what he’s talking about. It (the video) doesn’t exist. He might be thinking about Iran Contra from like 35 years ago or something like this,” Kaine said.
“He was confusing it with a situation from two or three decades ago. Maybe that’s what he’s doing with this bogus video claim,” Kaine added.
Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, defended Trump, saying that the video he saw did involve a cash transfer for hostages.
“The point that he was making is the cash-transfer took place and it was taking place consistent with the transfer of hostages,” Manafort said.
“Again, what the Obama administration wants to do is get off of the point. The point is, $400 million in cash that most likely ended up in terrorist camps used against the west was given in exchange for hostages and the President of the United States lied to the American people, that’s the point.”
See a clip of Trump talking about the “tape” below: