Fact Check: The Prime Minister Of Japan Did NOT Hold A 'Trump 2024' Sign During Remarks Made Alongside Kamala Harris

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  • by: Dana Ford
Fact Check: The Prime Minister Of Japan Did NOT Hold A 'Trump 2024' Sign During Remarks Made Alongside Kamala Harris Video Altered

Did the prime minister of Japan hold a "Trump 2024" sign during remarks made alongside Kamala Harris? No, that's not true: A video showing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga with a "Make America Great Again" hat and a sign in support of Donald Trump has clearly been manipulated. Other video of the event shows him as he was, dressed in a suit, sporting a blue tie and a white face mask -- no hat and no sign in sight.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) published on April 18, 2021. The post, which included a short video of Suga and Vice President Harris, read:

Greatest thing I've seen in a long time😂
Leader of Japan meeting in The White House with Kamala Harris holding a Trump sign🇺🇸🇺🇸

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

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Tue Apr 20 17:49:56 2021 UTC)

Suga and Harris both delivered remarks on April 16, 2021, before a bilateral meeting with President Joe Biden. The White House released a copy of their comments, which can be seen here. The White House also released a video of their remarks:

As can be seen in the original video, Suga is not wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat, nor is he holding a Trump sign. The prime minister is dressed in a suit, wearing a blue tie and a face mask.

Suga's visit to the White House on April 16, 2021, marked the first in-person visit to the United States of a world leader since Biden and Harris took office.

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  Dana Ford

Dana Ford is an Atlanta-based reporter and editor. She previously worked as a senior editor at Atlanta Magazine Custom Media and as a writer/ editor for CNN Digital. Ford has more than a decade of news experience, including several years spent working in Latin America.

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