Fact Check: This Is NOT An Accurate Picture Of Donald Trump On A Golf Course -- It's Been Widened

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  • by: Marlo Lee
Fact Check: This Is NOT An Accurate Picture Of Donald Trump On A Golf Course -- It's Been Widened Widened Pic

Is this picture an accurate depiction of former President Donald Trump? No, that's not true: This picture has been widened to make it look as if Trump has gained weight. The true picture, credited to Getty Images, is not as wide and features Yasir Al-Rumayyan, the personal banker to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) where it was published on August 3, 2022. The on-screen text read:


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

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Facebook screenshot(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Mon Aug 8 19:03:59 2022 UTC)

This picture of former President Trump has been altered to make his body look wider. A reverse image search of the photo links to a July 28, 2022, Daily Mail article where the original can be seen. The original picture also features Yasir Al-Rumayyan, identified by the Daily Mail as Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman's personal banker.

Here is the original picture.

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(Source: Getty Images screenshot taken on Mon Aug 8 15:55:17 2022 UTC)

Lead Stories has also superimposed the original image over the edited one to show the degree of alteration. Here is that composite:

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(Source: Lead Stories created screenshot taken on Mon Aug 8 15:33:14 2022 UTC)

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Marlo Lee is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Biology. Her interest in fact checking started in college, when she realized how important it became in American politics. She lives in Maryland.

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