Fact Check: Viral post of Trump slapping Mexico City Governor is misleading

first_img Chayan Kundu New DelhiJanuary 24, 2019UPDATED: January 24, 2019 20:30 IST US President Donald TrumpDid US President Donald Trump ever slap the Governor of Mexico City? A video of Trump slapping a man in a grey suit, claimed to be the Governor of Mexico City, has gone viral.The message attached with the video reads: “An incident that no television channel showed. Governor of Mexico city and USA President Donald Trump.”India Today Fact Check found that this is a 12-year-old video of Trump, and the man is not the Governor of Mexico City but World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) boss Vince McMahon.We found that this post was in circulation on Facebook since March 2018. However, it has resurfaced on social media after Facebook user Niranjan Shah recently posted the video along with the claim.The video went viral both on WhatsApp and Facebook recently. ‘WWE clips’ can be seen written hazily on the top right hand corner of the 59-second-long video clip. So, we searched for the video related to this news with the combination of keywords – “Donald Trump slap WWE”.We found several YouTube videos captioned Donald Trump slaps Vince McMahon. International Fact Checker Snopes reported about this in 2018.Vince McMahon is the chairman and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment. The WWE is an Americanmedia and entertainment company which hosts wrestling and sports entertainment events.It might be surprising for many in this part of the subcontinent that President Trump was quite a popular figure in the American wrestling circuit.This viral video clip is part of a promotional event by WWE called – Battle of the Billionaires – which took place on March 28, 2007 in New York. The longer version of the event can be seen in the 12-minute-long YouTube video uploaded by ‘Dance Heart’ in August 2015. At 9.46 minute on this clip, Trump can be seen slapping WWE boss McMahon.advertisementLater, the wrestling show took place with a lot of fanfare where Trump publicly fought with McMahon. As part of the deal, the boss of the losing team had to shave off his head. Here, Trump shaved off McMahon’s hair with an electric trimmer. American website Inside Edition carried this story.Also read| Fact Check: No, Pakistan is not visible from Mehrangarh Fort in JodhpurAlso read| Fact Check: No, these rail coaches are not manufactured under Make In India INDIA TODAY FACT CHECK ClaimUS President Donald Trump slapped the Governor of Mexico City.ConclusionTrump actually slapped WWE boss Vince McMahon, and not the Governor of Mexico City, during a promotional event held by the professional wrestling firm in 2007.JHOOTH BOLE KAUVA KAATEThe number of crows determines the intensity of the lie.1 Crow: Half True2 Crows: Mostly lies3 Crows: Absolutely false If you have a story that looks suspicious, please share with us at factcheck@intoday.com or send us a message on the WhatsApp number 73 7000 7000Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byIram Ara Ibrahim Fact Check: Viral post of Trump slapping Mexico City Governor is misleading A video of Trump slapping a man in a grey suit, claimed to be the Governor of Mexico City, has gone viral.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

UK recalls brutality of the LTTE

Britain will continue to support Sri Lanka in building a sustainable peace in all parts of the country, British Deputy High Commissioner, Robbie Bulloch said in a statement.Bulloch, paid his first official visit to Trincomalee and Mullaitivu from 19-21 November, 2012. In the course of the visit the Deputy High Commissioner visited the China Bay naval base, former LTTE bases and the areas where the final stages of the war took place.  He saw at first hand the devastation caused by the conflict, including through meeting displaced people and war affected Tamil, Muslim and Sinhalese communities. Commenting on his visit, the Deputy High Commissioner said, “I was pleased to make my first official visits to Trincomalee and Mullaitivu, two regions deeply affected by the war.  We saw some good work being carried out to help resettle former internally displaced communities and restore their livelihoods, as well as important infrastructure development.  We also learned more about the brutality of the LTTE, which used child soldiers and committed terrorist atrocities.   Challenges clearly remain, including the promotion of long term reconciliation between people whose memories of a violent conflict are in many cases still fresh. The UK will continue to support Sri Lanka in building a sustainable peace in all parts of the country.” The visit also included meetings with the Chief Minister of the Eastern Provincial Council, Najeeb Abdul Majeed; Eastern Provincial Council members; the Assistant Government Agent of Mullaitivu, C.A.Mohanras; members of the Tamil National Alliance and Sri Lanka Muslim Congress; Deputy Area Commander Eastern Naval Area, Commodore KKVPH De Silva; Major General K.J. Wijethilaka of Mullaitivu. read more