Fake News: Zuma and Mugabe and Other Corrupt African Presidents NOT Banned from United States

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  • by: Maarten Schenk

A fake news article claims Donald Trump signed an executive order banning the presidents of Zimbabwe, South Sudan, South Africa, Uganda, Angola, Gabon, Swaziland and DRC from entering the United States for 90 days. The article opens like this:

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday that indefinitely suspends admission of African Presidents and limits the visit of African Presidents into the United States by instituting what the President has called "Fostering Good Governance in Africa."

It comes with a fake quote from the executive order:

I hereby proclaim that the entry of corrupt Presidents from Africa is detrimental to the interests of the United States and thus suspend any such entry.

It adds a fake Trump quote for flavor as well:

We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats of people who are trying to remove democracy around the world. We only want to admit those into our country who practice democratic methods in leading their governments, not those who come here to spend ill gotten wealth.

In fact, no such executive order has been signed: "Fostering Good Governance in Africa" does not feature in the list of Trump's executive orders. No other fact checking websites (like Snopes or Hoax Slayer) have debunked this made up story yet, but it will probably only be a matter of time.

As this Trendolizer graph at the end of this article shows, many people are sharing the fake news anyway.

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