On Friday morning, Donald Trump admitted in a tweet that he was wrong about a video he referred to in a speech about a U.S. payment to Iran and a hostage release in January. Trump claimed he had seen footage of a plane unloading money on the same day the Iranian government released four American prisoners. But that was not the video he saw.
The money represented the first payment of a $1.7 billion settlement the Obama administration reached with Iran to resolve a decades-old dispute. It is related to a failed arms deal signed just before the Iranian Revolution in 1979. The settlement by the U.S. was decided on by an international legal tribunal in The Hague. It was made in cash because the U.S. does not have a banking relationship with Iran, as sanctions have blocked the country from international financial systems.
The video Trump saw was of hostages being released. That's it. More importantly, his tweet is an unparalleled admission by the Donald of actually being mistaken. A white buffalo, a black swan, a true rarity throughout the entirety of his presidential bid:
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