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President Donald Trump has caught flack over the past few weeks for what he’s said about Hurricane Dorian, wrongly claiming it was targeting Alabama. Meanwhile, some Facebook users have fabricated a more positive storyline about the president and the storm.
The image, which shows small vignettes of Trump and what appears to be hurricane damage on a blue background, was posted in a group dedicated to the QAnon conspiracy theory.
The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.) And it has been shared several hundred times in several different formats, so we wanted to check it out.
(Screenshot from Facebook)
We reached out to the Facebook user who shared the post to see where they got it, but we haven’t heard back.
We could find no evidence that Trump personally donated $1 million to Bahamas relief efforts. News outlets have not covered such a move, and the White House itself hasn’t released any statements about Dorian-related donations. If the president had, it’s reasonable to assume the move would have received some attention.
We reached out to the White House to confirm, but we haven’t heard back. However, million-dollar donations to hurricane relief funds aren’t entirely outside the realm of possibility.
Several high-profile companies and celebrities, including Disney and Michael Jordan, have pledged $1 million to Dorian victims. So have cruise brands like Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line. And, following Hurricane Harvey in 2017, Trump did donate $1 million of his own money to charities helping with recovery efforts in Houston — a move that was announced by the White House at the time.
But there’s no evidence that Trump has made a similar commitment for the Bahamas. We rate the Facebook post False.
ABC News, "Tourism industry, celebrities offer aid after Hurricane Dorian pummels the Bahamas," Sept. 5, 2019
Facebook post, Sept. 7, 2019
Facebook post, Sept. 8, 2019
The Guardian, "Devastation 'still unfolding' in Bahamas as Dorian death toll rises to at least 50," Sept. 10, 2019
The Hill, "Disney will donate over $1M to relief efforts in Bahamas after Dorian," Sept. 3, 2019
The Hill, "Michael Jordan pledges $1M to Bahamas relief after Hurricane Dorian," Sept. 10, 2019
PolitiFact, "Fact-checking Trump’s falsehoods about Hurricane Dorian," Sept. 3, 2019
PolitiFact, "QAnon and Donald Trump rallies: What's that about?" Aug. 3, 2018
PolitiFact, "Trump said ‘almost all models predicted’ Dorian would hit Alabama. He’s wrong," Sept. 5, 2019
White House briefing statements, accessed Sept. 10, 2019
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