FACT CHECK: Did Kamala Harris Wear Binoculars With Caps While Visiting The DMZ?

Christine Sellers | Fact Check Reporter

An image shared on Facebook allegedly shows Vice President Kamala Harris wearing binoculars with caps while visiting the demilitarized zone (DMZ) of North and South Korea in September.

Verdict: False

The image is digitally altered. A reverse image search generates the original photo via Reuters Images, which shows that the binoculars are not covered.

Fact Check:

Harris visited the DMZ at the conclusion of a four-day overseas trip to Asia, viewing military installations on the southern side of the DMZ and greeting soldiers at Camp Bonifas, USA Today reported.

North Korea has fired approximately six missiles in 12 days over Harris’ visit and the return of a U.S. aircraft carrier to the region, according to Reuters. In one launch, a missile flew over the country of Japan, prompting rare government warnings, The Washington Post reported.

The Facebook image shows Harris standing beside a soldier while looking into a pair of binoculars. In the photo, the caps are still on the binoculars. “Covered binoculars…,” the image’s caption reads.

The image is digitally altered. A reverse image search generates the original photo via Reuters Images, which shows that the binoculars are not covered.

“U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris uses binoculars at the military observation post as she visits the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas, in Panmunjom, South Korea, September 29, 2022,” the image’s caption reads.

There are no credible news reports to support the claim. Likewise, neither Harris, the White House, nor the U.S. Army has mentioned the claim on their verified social media pages. (RELATED: Did Kamala Harris Say, ‘Gas Prices Are High Due To Gas Prices Not Being Low’?)

Check Your Fact has contacted the White House and U.S. Army spokespersons for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.

Christine Sellers

Fact Check Reporter

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