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The tweet is fake.
It doesn’t appear on his Twitter timeline, in Twitter searches or in a database of deleted tweets.
An image of a tweet that appears to be from President Donald Trump would have you believe that he encouraged South Dakota to keep its border with California closed. But the two states don’t share a border. And the tweet isn’t real.
A screenshot of the fake tweet shows a July 4 time stamp. It appeared on Facebook a couple of days later. The full tweet reads:
"Thank you to the Great people of South Dakota. The state is doing a tremendous job with the coronavirus. I told the governor that everyone is fine without a mask. They just need to keep there border with California closed! That state is full of LOSERS!"
One Facebook user who shared the tweet wrote, "A president who can’t bother to look at a map, has no clue where states are in relation to each other and is the most ignorant person to EVER be in the WH."
Facebook post, July 6, 2020
Twitter, Donald Trump twitter timeline, Accessed July 20, 2020
Twitter search, July 20, 2020
First Tweet search, July 20, 2020
ProPublica.org, Politiwoops Donald Trump tweets, Accessed July 20, 2020
WhiteHouse.gov, Remarks by President Trump at South Dakota’s 2020 Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration | Keystone, South Dakota, July 4, 2020
Reuters, Fact check: Trump did not tweet about South Dakota closing its border with California, July 9, 2020
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