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Brazilian president did not snub Canadian prime minister at G-20

July 2, 2019 GMT

CLAIM: Video shows Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau being ignored by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan. 

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. Video from the event was cut to make it appear that Bolsonaro rejected Trudeau’s attempt to shake hands.  

THE FACTS: A clip circulating on social media with the false claim shows Trudeau tapping Bolsonaro and then reaching toward the Brazilian president, who then turns the other direction. The gesture is construed in posts as the Brazilian president disrespecting Trudeau by refusing to shake his hand. 


However, a longer version of the footage shows that after Bolsonaro turned to shake the hand of the person next to him, Trudeau tapped him again and Bolsonaro returned to face him and shake his hand. A photo attributed to the French photo agency Sipa Press captured the handshake between Bolsonaro and Trudeau. 

Social media users used the shortened video to suggest that Trudeau had lost his credibility among world leaders.

The video footage was taken during a meeting on the “World Economy” at the summit on June 28.


This is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.

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