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Posts misrepresent Trump’s remarks from Walter Reed

October 7, 2020 GMT

CLAIM: While hospitalized President Donald Trump said, “The doctors said they’ve never seen a body kill the coronavirus like my body. They tested my DNA and it wasn’t DNA. It was USA.”

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. There is no evidence Trump made such a statement.

THE FACTS: Trump shared an update on his condition in a video message posted to Twitter Saturday after testing positive for the coronavirus and being transported to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Posts online are sharing a still from the video with a false caption that includes the quote. The post was shared thousands of times on Twitter and Facebook. The false caption began circulating Saturday after the president delivered his remarks.

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The full video of the address shows that Trump makes no references to his DNA during his speech. The false caption was also not tweeted by the president.

In his address, he thanked medical professionals and the outpouring of support he has received.

“I came here wasn’t feeling so well,” he says in the video. “I feel much better now. We’re working hard to get me all the way back. I have to be back because we still have to make America great again.”

Trump left Walter Reed on Monday to return to the White House, later tweeting that he felt good and urging people to not let COVID dominate their lives.

The false caption was made into a meme and shared in several different languages including Vietnamese.

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