FACT CHECK: Did CNN Tweet That Donald Trump Died ‘Due To COVID-19’?

FACT CHECK: Did CNN Tweet That Donald Trump Died ‘Due To COVID-19’?


A viral Instagram post purportedly shows a tweet from CNN announcing President Donald Trump died from COVID-19.

Verdict: False

There is no record of CNN tweeting such news; the tweet appears to be fabricated. Trump has recovered from COVID-19.

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Fact Check:

The tweet, which looks like a screen grab, appears authentic at first glance. It has the correct Twitter handle and bears the blue check that notes the account has been verified by Twitter. The alleged tweet says, “Due to COVID-19, President Donald Trump Passes Away At 74.”

However, a review of CNN’s Twitter timeline found no tweets announcing that Trump died from COVID-19. Archived versions of CNN’s Twitter timeline on the Wayback Machine also don’t show any tweets to that effect since the president announced that he and the first lady tested positive on Oct. 2. It appears to be fabricated.

A CNN spokesperson told Check Your Fact via email, “CNN has not tweeted nor run a story making such a claim. It is a fabricated post.” (RELATED: Does This Video Show A Fox News Segment Saying Trump Tested Positive For COVID-19?)

A similar tweet has been published by a fake Fox News

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