Donald Trump continued to describe a video on Thursday of Iranian officials unloading cash from a U.S. airplane, despite his own campaign confirming hours earlier that no such video exists.
"A tape was made with the airplane coming in — nice plane. And the money coming off, I guess. Right? 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," Trump said at his latest rally in Portland, Maine.
Trump had described the same video during a rally on Wednesday in Daytona Beach, Fla., claiming that Iranian officials released a secret tape of them accepting $400 million in cash from the Obama administration on the same day four Americans were released from an Iranian prison and the president's nuclear deal with Iran was implemented.
"I'll never forget the scene this morning," Trump had said. "Iran provided all of that footage, the tape, of taking that money off that airplane."
But Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks told the Washington Post Thursday morning that the video Trump had repeatedly referred was "merely b-roll footage" filmed months ago in Geneva, Switzerland — not Iran.
That didn't stop Trump from talking about it again at his rally Thursday afternoon.
"I mean who would ever think that they would be taking all this money off the plane and then providing us with a tape? It's very, very sad," he said in Maine.