Fact Check: Trump Did NOT Say Doctors Have Never Seen A Body Kill Coronavirus Like His, Nor That He Has 'USA' Instead Of DNA

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  • by: Dean Miller
Fact Check: Trump Did NOT Say Doctors Have Never Seen A Body Kill Coronavirus Like His, Nor That He Has 'USA' Instead Of DNA Did Not Say It

In a video update on his medical condition, did President Donald Trump say he has "USA" instead of DNA and that doctors never saw a body kill coronavirus the way his does? No, that's not true: There is no record of Trump saying that and he doesn't say it in the video clip in which he was purported to have said it.

The claim appears in a meme posted on Facebook (archived here) on the account of Rian-Louis McNeil on October 6, 2020 under the title "At this point send me to another universe". The meme is a screenshot of a Trump video with a purported closed-caption text that read:

The doctors said they've never seen a body kill the Coronavirus like my body. They tested my DNA and it wasn't DNA. It was USA

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Wed Oct 7 18:19:49 2020 UTC)

The image used to build the meme is a screengrab from the video in a tweet by the Donald J. Trump Twitter account.

But the image has been doctored to add fake closed-captioning with the made-up quotes, which you will not hear if you click on the video start button on the tweet, which is embedded here:

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  Dean Miller

Lead Stories staff writer Dean Miller has edited daily and weekly newspapers, worked as a reporter for more than a decade and is co-author of two non-fiction books. After a one-year Harvard Nieman Fellowship, he served as Director of Stony Brook University’s Center for News Literacy for six years. As Senior Vice President/Content at Connecticut Public Broadcasting, a dual licensee, he oversaw radio, TV and print journalists, and documentary producers. He moved west to teach journalism at Western Washington University, edit The Port Townsend Leader and write the twice-weekly Save The Free Press column for the Seattle Times. Miller won the 2007 national Mirror Award for news industry coverage and he led the team that won the 2005 Scripps Howard first amendment prize. 

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