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Fake News: Video Does NOT Show Trump And Mexico City Governor Fighting

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Wed, 21 Mar 2018 20:39:00 Z)

Is there really a video of President Trump and the Governor of Mexico City getting into a fight after the governor declines to shake hands and pulls on Trump's lapels and tie before tapping his nose, followed by Trump slapping him in the face and a security guard wrestling the man to the ground?

Yeah, no, not really. Facebook user Yves Merlette posted this video with following caption, originally in French:

Meeting between trump and the city governor of Mexico city (sent by a Brazilian friend): a video that will certainly not be shown On TV in the USA!!! (not in France!!)

Here is an embedded version of the video (which is also archived here):

The post was published on March 14, 2018 with the originally French caption "Rencontre entre Trump et le gouverneur de la ville de Mexico (envoyé par un ami brésilien) : une vidéo qui ne sera certainement pas montrée à la TV aux USA !!! (ni en France!!)" (archived here).

Screenshot of https://www.facebook.com/yves.merlette/posts/2052470848101694

In fact the video was shown on TV in the United States but it predates the Trump presidency by quite a few years. It shows a clip from the WrestleMania 23 event that took place on April 1, 2007 and in which Donald Trump fought with Vince McMahon in a staged fight.

No Mexican governors were involved.

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About the author:

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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