Fact Check: President Trump Did NOT Confuse Maradona With Madonna In Tweet

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fact Check: President Trump Did NOT Confuse Maradona With Madonna In Tweet Fake Tweet

Did President Trump seemingly confuse recently deceased soccer superstar Diego Maradona with singer Madonna? No, that's not true: the tweet in which the President seemingly made comments praising Maradona's music from the 1980's was a crude fake. It never appeared on his Twitter feed.

An example of the fake tweet can be seen in this Facebook post (archived here). The supposed text of the tweet read:

Very sad to hear about the death of Maradona. A great person. Her music was wonderful. I remember listening to her albums in the early 1980's. Rest In Peace!

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

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Fri Nov 27 19:37:16 2020 UTC)

However a search of President Trump's Twitter feed shows no such post (or any post mentioning Maradona). There is also no trace of such a Trump tweet at Politiwoops, a site that tracks deleted tweets by politicians. There is also no trace of Trump Maradona tweet at Factbase, which also tracks all of Trump's tweets. Also, Trump played varsity soccer at New York Military Academy in the 1960s and has since followed the sport in which Maradona was a dominant figure.

Just to be clear: Madonna is a singer and actress and she is currently alive. Diego Maradona was an Argentine soccer player who passed away on November 25, 2020.

President Trump never tweeted about the second.

He did tweet about the first, years before becoming President, for example here:

It seems like he was no great fan of the singer (unlike what the fake tweet implied).


  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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