Donald Trump's campaign is admitting the Republican presidential nominee never saw a video of the U.S. offloading wooden pallets of euros, Swiss francs and other currencies in Tehran, despite the fact that he described such a video in full detail yesterday.
The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the American prisoner release in Iran earlier this year coincided with a $400 million cash payment to Iranian officials. According to The Journal, the secret operation was the first installment of a $1.7 billion settlement the White House had reached with Iran over a decades-old dispute stemming from a failed arms deal before Iran's last monarch was deposed of in 1979.
"I'll never forget the scene this morning," Trump told a crowd Wednesday in Daytona, Florida, just after describing his challenger, Hillary Clinton, as a liar. "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, right? $400 million in cash."
Trump continued: "Now here's the amazing thing. Over there where that plane landed, top secret, they 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 going to be shot because they're shooting a picture of morning pouring off a plane."
Trump's campaign told ABC News today that Trump was referencing a video he'd seen on Fox News of the American prisoners released in Geneva. However, a campaign spokesman could not explain why the images he described did not match the Fox News video.
Some have speculated that Trump may have seen a classified video, since he described it as "top secret." But intelligence officials say they don't know of any such video and that neither of the presidential nominees have received a general intelligence briefing.
Speaking at a news conference in Buenos Aires today, Secretary of State John Kerry said he was "not aware of any video."
"I obviously haven't seen it if I am not aware if it," he told reporters.
Trump has also previously claimed to have seen a video of "thousands and thousands" of Muslims cheering on rooftops in New Jersey after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. No video matching that description has ever surfaced.
ABC's John Santucci contributed to this report.