This photo shows former US President Donald Trump working in Florida in 2017, not 2021

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A photo has been shared thousands of times on Twitter alongside a claim it shows former US President Donald Trump working in his office in the US state of Florida in 2021, shortly after President Joe Biden was inaugurated. The claim, however, is false: the photo in fact shows Trump working at his private resort in Florida in 2017 while he was still president.

The photo was published on Twitter here on February 3, 2021.

The tweet is written in a combination of English and traditional Chinese. It reads: “Latest photo from Trump's Florida office / We love president Trump.”

Screenshot captured on February 10, 2021, of the misleading Twitter post

The post circulated online just weeks after Trump left office on January 20, 2021 and moved to his Mar-a-Lago resort home in Florida. AFP reported on the developments here.

The photo was also shared thousands of times alongside a similar claim on Twitter here and here. Brigitte Gabriel, a right-wing American author, shared the photo with the claim on Twitter here.

The claim, however, is false.

Reverse image and keyword searches on Google found the photo was published by the US news agency Associated Press (AP) here on November 23, 2017, while Trump was still US president.

The photo, credited to AP photographer Alex Brandon, is captioned: “President Donald Trump speaks with members of the armed forces via video conference at his private club, Mar-a-Lago, on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, in Palm Beach, Fla.”

Below is a screenshot comparison between the photo in the misleading post (L) and the 2017 AP photo (R):

The false claim about the photo was also debunked by information site TruthOrFiction.com.

Update: The header image of this story was updated on 11/2/21 to clarify that the misleading social media post claimed the photo shows the "latest photo" of Trump working in his office in 2021.  

Correction: This story was updated on 15/2/21 to replace the Associated Press photo with the exact AP photo that was shared in the misleading posts. The earlier version of the story had a near identical AP photo.  
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