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Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told the Washington Post on Thursday that the video was of the prisoners being released and not of the money. But hours later, Trump repeated his claim about the video at a rally in Portland, Maine.
The Republican nominee has rarely acknowledged gaffes in the past, although he did express regret earlier this year over retweeting an unflattering image of Ted Cruz's wife amid a heated primary season as well as his answer to a hypothetical question about whether women who get abortions should be punished if the practice were to be made illegal.
Later Friday morning, Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort denied that there was any mix-up in regards to the nonexistent footage, but quickly shifted gears to another of Trump's recent talking points: that the cash delivered by the U.S. likely wound up either funding terrorism or found its way into "some of the mullahs' bank accounts."