Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump admitted Friday he never saw the “top secret” Iran security footage.
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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Friday, August 5, 2016, 7:40 AM
Donald Trump backpedaled Friday and admitted he never saw the “top secret” Iran security footage he so proudly boasted about having access to.
Turns out, it was just b-roll from a news broadcast.
“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.
The confession — which lacked any kind of apology or acknowledgement that he made a mistake — marked a sharp contrast his arrogant bragging earlier in the week.
On Wednesday, the GOP presidential nominee told a massive crowd at a Florida rally that he was shown a “top secret” Iran video, presumably during a confidential security briefing, showing Iranian officials unloading $ 400 million from an unmarked plane in a reported bombshell backdoor deal.
“I don’t think you’ve heard this anywhere but here,” he said. “Iran provided all of that footage, the tape, of taking that money off that airplane.”
He added: “Where that plane landed, top secret, they don’t have a lot of paparazzi, you know.”
He seemed to be referring to a Wall Street Journal report earlier this week that Iran secretly received $ 400 million in foreign currency right as it released four American hostages.
But several U.S. officials involved in the Iran negotiations said there is no such footage of the money deal.
Unidentified people stand next to a Dassault Falcon jet with the identification T-785 of the Swiss army air force, at Geneva airport in Switzerland, Jan. 17.
That lead critics to speculate that Trump was talking about b-roll footage of American hostages in Iran— which is completely unrelated to the backdoor money situation.
Amid questions over the myserious footage, The Washington Post asked Trump’s campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks if the businessman was simply referring to a Fox News segment about the Iran deal.
Hicks quickly latched on to the idea.
“Yes,” she said. “Merely the b-roll footage included in every broadcast.”