Here is what he said.
Trump: 'The Report of Iran Capturing CIA Spies Is Totally False'
President Donald Trump refuted Iran’s announcement Monday that it had arrested 17 of its own citizens for allegedly spying on behalf of the U.S.
An Iranian Intelligence Ministry official made the claim at a Tehran news conference. The official, who identified himself as a director of counterespionage, said some of the detained citizens had been executed, reported The New York Times.
“The Report of Iran capturing CIA spies is totally false. Zero truth. Just more lies and propaganda (like their shot down drone) put out by a Religious Regime that is Badly Failing and has no idea what to do. Their Economy is dead, and will get much worse. Iran is a total mess!” Trump wrote Monday on Twitter after numerous media outlets had reported on the claim.
Trump said on July 18 the U.S. shot down an Iranian drone that kept approaching the USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship, in the Strait of Hormuz near Iran. The country denied the drone was Iranian.
The reported arrests took place as late as March. They were not random — the official said they were people working at “sensitive sites” like military and nuclear facilities, reported CBS News. They were working with the CIA on the promise that they would receive U.S. visas or jobs and had “sophisticated training,” the official said.