This video has been edited -- the original Fox News report stated one of President Trump’s valets tested positive for COVID-19
A video has been viewed thousands of times in multiple posts on Facebook and Twitter which claim it shows that US President Donald Trump tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The claim is false; the video has been edited from a Fox News report about one of Trump’s valets testing positive for COVID-19 published on May 7, 2020.
The ten-second video was published here on Facebook on May 19, 2020. It has been viewed more than 4,600 times.
The post’s Burmese-language caption translates to English as: “Trump is now positive”.
The video purports to show a Fox News channel report. The White House can be seen in the clip.
In the video’s audio, a journalist can be heard saying; “Brought to you just a moment ago, Fox News alert …..the White house medical team confirming President Trump has confirmed positive for the coronavirus.”
The chyron at the bottom of the frame reads: "TRUMP TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19".
The claim is false; the video has been edited.
A keyword search found a longer version of the video published here by Fox News on the network's YouTube channel on May 7, 2020.
The video’s title reads: “Trump valet tests positive for COVID-19”.
The video’s description reads: “White House medical team confirmed that valet for President Trump has tested positive for COVID-19. The President and Vice President have since been tested and results were negative.”
The video in the misleading post partly corresponds with the Fox News video from the three-second to the 13-second mark.
But a close analysis of the video in the misleading post reveals that at the nine-second mark, the audio has been edited to remove the words “a valet” from the phrase “a valet to President Trump”.
The video in the misleading posts also includes a doctored chyron. The word “VALET” has been removed from the original Fox News banner which stated: “TRUMP VALET TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19”.
Below is a screenshot comparison of keyframes from the video in the misleading post (L) and the original Fox News video (R):