Trump admits video of hostage payment to Iran, was from Switzerland
U.S Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been forced to backtrack after he claimed he'd seen a video of 400 million dollars getting shuttled to Iran to free hostages, which was actually footage of hostages in Switzerland.
Fellow Republicans had been criticising president Barack Obama for secretly paying $400m in cash to Iran - the money flown on an unmarked plane - at the time four American prisoners were released from Tehran.
But Mr Trump went one step further when he claimed he'd seen a video of people in Iran unloading money from the plane:
Mr Trump's campaign team said the video, that had aired on Fox News, actually showed American hostages landing at Geneva.
But Mr Trump went on to claim the tape was given to the US to “embarrass our country."
Now he's posted his mistake on twitter:
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
The Obama administration has denied the money was paid as a ransom, which critics say would only encourage adversaries to take US citizens hostage in return for money.