The video is doctored from a 2017 video showing Trump signing a healthcare executive order
A video shared thousands of times on Facebook and Twitter purports to show former US president Donald Trump signing a document featuring the logo of QAnon conspiracy theory group. However, the posts are satirical; the clip has been doctored from footage showing Trump signing a healthcare executive order in 2017.
The video has been shared in multiple social media posts, including a tweet from February 4, 2021 which has viewed more than 13,000 times.
“See Trump's momentum when he signed his name and...what exactly did he sign?” the tweet's Chinese-language caption reads.
The clip shows former US president Donald Trump appearing to sign a document before holding it up to reveal the letter “Q” and a skull on the left page, while the adjacent pages reads “THE BEST IS YET TO COME”.
“Q” is a representative letter for QAnon, a conspiracy theory movement that claims Trump is waging a secret war against a global liberal cult of Satan-worshipping paedophiles. AFP has debunked several false claims pushed by QAnon followers, as seen here and here.
“I go from this majestic place with a loyal and joyful heart and optimistic spirit and a supreme confidence that for our children and for our country, the best is yet to come,” he said.
Many social media users pointed out the video was “fake”.
“There's really a Q! Excellent!” one person commented. Another wrote, “The video is fake, the original video is about an executive order against Obama's healthcare reform.”
The clip is in fact doctored from an White House video from 2017.
A Yandex reverse image search and keyword searches on Google found this YouTube video published by White House’s archived channel for Trump on October 13, 2017.
The corresponding images from the Twitter video can be found from the 15:19 mark of the video.
Below are screenshots comparing the doctored video (L) and original footage (R):
The White House's YouTube video is titled: “President Trump Signs an Executive Order to Promote Healthcare Choice and Competition”.