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Donald Trump repeats false claim of tape showing cash delivered to Iran

 (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)
(Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

Donald Trump on Thursday repeated a claim that he's seen a video showing a plane delivering $400 million in cash from the United States to Iran, even after his own campaign acknowledged such an assertion is incorrect.

"A tape was made, you saw that? With the airplane coming in … and the money coming off, I guess,” he said while addressing supporters in Portland, Maine.

At a campaign rally in Florida a day earlier, Trump for the first time said he had seen a video shot by Iran, “taking that money off that airplane.”

But campaign officials later told CBS News that the video in question was actually footage of the released American hostages landing at Geneva, which had been aired on Fox News.

Even so, Trump repeated the claim in Maine, insisting that the video was made public by the Iranians to embarrass the United States.  

"They want to embarrass our country. And they want to embarrass our president," he said. 

Trump's campaign in recent days has been fueling allegations that the Obama administration paid $400 million in cash ransom to win the release of four Americans as part of the agreement implemented in January to restrict Iran's efforts to develop a nuclear weapon.

The administration has denied any ransom was paid, noting that it publicly disclosed the $400-million payment in January and that it was widely reported at the time.

The administration says the money was being returned to Iran after being frozen following the 1979 Iranian revolution. The payment was to partly settle Iran's legal claims arising from a weapons purchase from the U.S. that never took place.

Republicans and the Trump campaign have said the timing of the payment and use of cash give the appearance that the U.S. was paying ransom.

At his rally on Thursday, Trump speculated that the money would be used by Iran to fund terrorism.

"I wonder where that money really goes, by the way.... Well, it went either in their pockets, which I actually think more so, or toward terrorism -- probably a combination of both,” he said.

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