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First Lady Melania Trump. (AP) First Lady Melania Trump. (AP)

First Lady Melania Trump. (AP)

Allison Graves
By Allison Graves May 17, 2018

No, Donald Trump isn't donating his kidney to Melania

An online hoax says that President Donald Trump is planning to donate his kidney to his wife, Melania, but the story is made up.

"BREAKING NEWS: Donald Trump On His Way To Donate Kidney To Melania Trump," said a May 14 headline on news-hawaii.com.

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Melania underwent kidney surgery May 14, but the story takes the saga further by claiming that a second kidney replacement became necessary after doctors found out during the surgery that both her kidneys were destroyed.

"Trump would be undergoing medical examination and if declared fit as a donor, he will proceed to donate to save his wife Melania," according to the story.

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The story cites a White House press statement as evidence of the procedure, but that was made up, too. We did not find any mention of it on the official White House website. And no other major news outlets reported anything about it.

Trump actually tweeted May 14 (the same date the hoax published) that Melania was recovering well after her procedure.

"Heading over to Walter Reed Medical Center to see our great First Lady, Melania. Successful procedure, she is in good spirits. Thank you to all of the well-wishers!" he tweeted.

Trump is not planning on donating a kidney to Melania. We rate this Pants on Fire!

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CNN, Melania Trump undergoes kidney surgery at Walter Reed medical center, May 14, 2018

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