Is This Post Showing a Conversation Between Donald Trump and DP Ruto Fabricated?

By Simon Muli

A social media post claims to show a conversation between former United States President Donald Trump, and Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto.

The conversation is captured in this screenshot shared on Facebook, where Trump proclaims support for Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid.

“I will personally support the Deputy President of Kenya @williamsRuto in the next year’s election,” reads the Tweet dated 23 July 2021.

“I am so glad the whole world can see how we are transforming our great nation with wheelbarrows,” Ruto allegedly expresses his gratitude in his response.

The screengrab has also been shared by other social media users, including here.

Verification

However, there is no information about the Twitter exchange on the DP’s timeline. Additionally, Trump’s Twitter account remains suspended since 8 January 2021, for what the social media company termed as “glorification of violence that could inspire others to replicate violent acts”.

PesaCheck showed the screengrab in question to Emmanuel Talam, the director of communication in the Office of the Deputy President, who dismissed the said Twitter conversation as fake.

Verdict

PesaCheck has looked into the screenshot containing a Twitter conversation allegedly between former US President Donald Trump, and Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto, and finds it to be FAKE.

This story was produced by Africa Uncensored in partnership with Code for Africa with support from Deutsche Welle Akademie.

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