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Christine Sellers | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on Facebook purports former President Donald Trump averted World War III following conversations with military officials and world leaders.

Verdict: False

The claim stems from an article published on a satirical website. There is no evidence to suggest Trump spoke with any foreign leader recently.

Fact Check:

Trump announced his plans to run for president in 2024 during a Nov. 15 speech at his Mar-a-Lago estate, CNN reported. Trump’s announcement has reportedly divided the Republican party, according to The Hill.

The Facebook post purports Trump averted World War III following conversations with Marine Corps General David H. Berger and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The claim is false. There are no credible news reports suggesting Trump averted World War III following conversations with Berger and Putin. Likewise, the claim is neither mentioned via the U.S. Marine Corps’ website nor its verified social media accounts. In addition, Trump has not publicly commented on the claim via his TRUTH Social profile or his recently reinstated Twitter profile.

A keyword search reveals the claim stems from a Nov. 16 article published on the website, “Real Raw News.” A disclaimer included on the website’s “About Us” page indicates it contains “humor, parody, and satire.” (RELATED: Did Trump Say He Got ‘F–ked Out Of The 2020 Election At His Daughter’s Wedding?)

Check Your Fact has contacted the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and Trump spokespersons for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received. Check Your Fact also contacted a Marine Corps spokesperson who instead directed us to the OSD.

This is not the first time a satirical claim has been promoted as true on social media. Check Your Fact previously debunked a post purporting U.S. Marines discovered “coolers” of children’s organs in a California warehouse.

Christine Sellers

Fact Check Reporter