Fake Melania? President Donald Trump responds to Alabama visit conspiracy theory

U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at a memorial in Alabama

Trump Legitimizes 'Fake Melania' Conspiracy: 'Fake News Photoshopped' Her!

The "fake news" did it, he claimed without evidence.

Fox & Friends aired a clip of The View co-host Joy Behar arguing that a woman who recently accompanied President Donald Trump to visit a tornado-ravaged region of Alabama did not look like Melania Trump.

The ABC hosts debated whether an impostor had traveled with Trump to Alabama to check on tornado damage and survivors.

The president said the internet rumor was another example of "fake news".

Trump tweeted Wednesday decrying a fourth estate which, he argues, is "getting more deranged with time!".

One host surmised Melania might have been wearing flats.

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The tweet comes days after a wave of social media users shared photos of the First Lady and questioned whether it was actually a stand-in, with many using the hashtag #FakeMelania.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment on who specifically Trump thought had doctored the photos.

Trump complained about press coverage of his wife during an interview this week with the conservative Breitbart News. "The tornadoes were awful, but she wanted to go, and I said, 'Good, let's go, '" Trump said, referring to Mrs. Trump. "You mean there are two women who have to pretend they're listening to (President Trump)?". "They want to see that", she said, prompting Behar to note that Obama had in fact produced his birth certificate.

"Manipulation is against photojournalism ethics", Ramsess said, adding that most newsrooms follow the ethics guidelines on the association's website.

Grisham also condemned "The View" segment on Twitter. "All Fake, she is doing really well!" Abby Huntsman, a Republican on the panel, followed up by asking, "Does that make it better?" "We're here to have a good laugh". "People died, people lost family, people are hurting in Alabama".

Since 2017, there has been speculation First Lady Melania Trump occasionally sends a body double out with her husband for official engagements.

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