FACT CHECK: Did Donald Trump Tweet That ‘Hollywood Nobodies’ Tried To Trick Rudy Giuliani?

Elias Atienza | Fact Check Reporter

An image shared on Facebook claims President Donald Trump tweeted, “Washed up Hollywood nobodies tried to trick America’s great Mayor Rudy but FAILED!”

Verdict: False

There is no record of Trump tweeting or deleting the remark. The tweet appears to be fabricated.

Fact Check: 

The image appears to show a screen grab of a tweet about Trump’s personal lawyer and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani that Trump allegedly deleted. The full tweet reads: “Washed up Hollywood nobodies tried to trick America’s great Mayor Rudy but FAILED! He was with a woman (young) and tucked in his shirt, which I have done many times. Don’t listen to the Fake News! It was a TUCK!”

Check Your Fact searched Trump’s verified Twitter accounts — @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS — but found no matches. ProPublica’s archive of his deleted tweets also doesn’t show anything resembling the tweet. Had Trump sent such a tweet, it would have likely garnered media attention. The tweet appears to be fabricated. (RELATED: Did Trump Tweet, ‘The Fly That Landed On Vice President Pence’s Head Will Be Deported’?)

The tweet seems to reference a scene featuring Giuliani in “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” a mockumentary starring Sacha Baron Cohen and “centering on the real-life adventures of a fictional Kazakh television journalist named Borat,” per IMDb. In the scene, Giuliani follows an actress impersonating a reporter into a hotel room rigged with hidden cameras, reclines on the bed and reaches towards his pants, according to The New York Times. Cohen, disguised as Borat, runs in and says: “She’s 15. She’s too old for you.”

Giuliani denied in a series of tweets that any indiscretion occurred, saying, “The Borat video is a complete fabrication. I was tucking in my shirt after taking off the recording equipment. At no time before, during, or after the interview was I ever inappropriate. If Sacha Baron Cohen implies otherwise he is a stone-cold liar.”

Elias Atienza

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