Fake News: Trump Saying Melania Really Wanted To Be Here While She Stands Next To Him

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  • by: Maarten Schenk

A tweet from Holly O'Reilly with a snippet of video from Donald Trump's visit to Fort Meyers in Florida went viral:

O'Reilly implies Trump doesn't realize Melania is standing right next to him as he seemingly apologises for her absence.


However the full clip shows something different:

Trump actually says:

...on behalf of myself, our Vice President..., Melania (really wanted to be with us). She's really... It really touched her heart what is going on and we've seen the devastation.

Trump is clearly aware she is there and is talking about himself and Melania seeing the devastation in person.

Of course, Holly O'Reilly is not exactly a neutral source either:

So we are going to rate this tweet as fake news.

  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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