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Fake Facebook post tries to exonerate Trump over insulting a Gold Star widow

The information war is well under way.

A fake Facebook post from the widow of a U.S. soldier killed in Niger has become fodder for supporters of President Donald Trump.

The fabricated post, passed around as a screenshot, purports to be from Myeshia Johnson, whose husband U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson and three other U.S. soldiers died after being ambushed.

The fake post references Trump’s call to Myeshia Johnson, in which Trump allegedly told the widow that the dead soldier “knew what he signed up for.” The call has spawned one of the worst crises of the Trump administration.

The fake post:

Image: Snopes.com

Myeshia Johnson told reporters on Sunday that the post was fake. Snopes also has a debunk, but that has not stopped some Trump supporters from using the post to excuse the president’s actions.

Trump tweeted on Monday about the situation, claiming that he had “a very respectful conversation” and that he said the soldier’s name—contradicting Johnson’s claim.

Trump’s mentions are always a mess, and this time was no different. Some supporters used the fake post in an attempt to prove Trump right.

Image: Twitter

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