Donald Trump Did NOT Tweet U.S. Sailors Should Be Released Hours After They Were Already Freed

  • by: Maarten Schenk

Hardly a few hours after the ten American sailors were released that Iran had detained earlier, Donald Trump came out with this tweet:

It didn't take long for the first mocking tweets to come back in response:

But Trump wasn't talking about *those* hostages. Most likely this tweet was in reference to the four Americans -- Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati, pastor Saeed Abedini and former FBI agent Robert Levinson -- still held (or presumed to be held) by Iran.

Trump has repeatedly called for including their release in any deal made with Iran and has criticized the current administration for not pushing harder on the issue.

Granted, Trump could have been clearer in his tweet by mentioning exactly which hostages he wanted back but we suspect the 140-character limit and Trump's tendency to use his opponents to amplify his message stopped him from doing that. It seems to be working: the retweets, likes and comments are streaming in under the tweet, with Trump supporters pointing out which hostages the tweet was about to anyone mocking Trump for being 'late'.


  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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