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Samantha Putterman
By Samantha Putterman April 20, 2021

No, the prime minister of Japan didn’t hold a Trump 2024 sign next to Kamala Harris

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  • This video was manipulated.

  • Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga was not holding a Trump 2024 sign or wearing a red hat when he met with Vice President Kamala Harris.

A video on social media appears to show the prime minister of Japan holding a Trump 2024 campaign sign while standing alongside Vice President Kamala Harris.

"Greatest thing I've seen in a long time," wrote a Facebook user who shared the video. "Leader of Japan meeting in The White House with Kamala Harris holding a Trump sign."

It’s not real. The original, unaltered clip shows Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga with nothing in his hands and no hat in sight.

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.)

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Suga and Harris delivered televised remarks on April 16, 2021, before attending a bilateral meeting with President Joe Biden. Suga is the first world leader to visit Washington since Biden and Harris took office. 

The White House released a clip of their remarks and Suga is not holding a Trump 2024 campaign sign, nor is he wearing a red baseball cap. 

 

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