“I will personally support the Deputy president of Kenya @WilliamsRuto in the next years election,” reads a screengrab of what seems to be a tweet by former US president Donald Trump.
The screengrab also shows an apparent reply from William Ruto, Kenya’s deputy president: “Am so glad the whole world can see how we are transforming our great nation with wheelbarrows.” It was posted on a public Facebook group page with more than a million followers.
Kenya is set to hold its next general election on 9 August 2022. In his campaign for the presidency, Ruto has often donated wheelbarrows, claiming it’s a way to create self-employment for young people.
But did Trump really tweet this? We checked.
Signs of a fake tweet
Some elements on the screenshot show that the tweet is not authentic. The label for the device used to post the tweet incorrectly uses a capital I to spell iPhone.
The time on the screengrab does not specify if it was posted before or after midnight the way genuine tweets do.
And such a tweet by Trump would have been reported by Kenya’s media. It hasn’t been. More than this, the tweet can’t be found on Twitter.
Trump does not have access to his Twitter account. The tweet is fake.
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