President Donald Trump has always been very vocal about news sources, especially negative press that he immediately dismisses as "fake news."
Despite setting himself up as the ultimate arbiter of journalism, the president landed himself in hot water after he shared an actual fake news story saying Kuwait had issued a visa ban similar to his immigration ban.
The false news report states that Kuwait will put a ban on five predominantly Muslim countries from obtaining visas. It further claims that Syrians, Iraqis, Iranians, Pakistanis and Afghans will not be able to enter the country.
However, the Kuwait News Agency denied that the report, which was riddled with typos, was genuine, saying the Foreign Ministry categorically denies reports of visa ban on certain countries.
“The State of Kuwait believes that granting of visa is a sovereign matter and it is not linked to terrorism, violence, nationality or faith,” said Sami Al-Hamad, assistant foreign minister for consular affairs.
Trump makes a regular habit of criticizing articles that question or challenge his policies. He frequently slams both publications and individual reporters on Twitter.
After being forced to apologize for its bad and inaccurate coverage of me after winning the election, the FAKE NEWS @nytimes is still lost!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2017
Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2017
FAKE NEWS - A TOTAL POLITICAL WITCH HUNT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
The false news article on Trump’s official Facebook page has been shared more than 68,000 times. Facebook has flagged numerous stories with a warning label as a lot of false news stories emerged before the U.S. elections. But, it is yet to take action against this one.
Although the news has been proven fake, it has not been removed and can still be seen on Donald Trump’s official Facebook page. It is still unclear whether the president shared the article himself or if someone on his staff shared it.
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