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Trump didn’t send fundraising email about ‘nuke codes’

August 12, 2022 GMT

CLAIM: Image shows a fundraising email by former President Donald Trump sharing “nuke codes,” following the federal search warrant executed at his Florida residence.

AP’S ASSESSMENT: Altered photo. Trump’s team did not send that email, a representative confirmed. An actual email with the same subject line and banner image contained different body text.

THE FACTS: The former president has indeed been sending fundraising emails to supporters following the FBI’s raid on his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

But Trump did not send an email in which he shared “nuke codes” as part of that fundraising campaign, as social media posts are claiming.

“NEW: Donald is fundraising by giving us ‘nuclear codes,’” read one tweet Friday, shared by thousands. “This is a f------ joke to him.”

The manipulated image presents an email from contact@email.donaldjtrump.com whose body text reads, “The nuke codes are 15-25-50-80.” It then asks recipients to donate $15, $25, $50 or $80.

The email has a subject line reading, “MAR-A-LAGO: RAIDED,” and contains a red banner with Trump’s image.

Trump’s team did send an email Tuesday with the same subject line and banner, but the body of the email didn’t make any reference to “nuke codes.”

Trump spokeswoman Liz Harrington confirmed in an email to The Associated Press that the version circulating online is fabricated.

“This is totally fake,” Harrington said. She also forwarded the actual Tuesday email with the same subject line.

The false claim is spreading amid unfolding news about the search at Mar-a-Lago.

The FBI recovered documents that were labeled “top secret” from the estate, according to court papers released Friday, the AP reported. A property receipt unsealed by the court shows FBI agents took 11 sets of classified records from the estate during the search on Monday.

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