FACT CHECK: Did Delta Force Arrest Suspicious ‘Tourists’ Near Mar-A-Lago?

Christine Sellers | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on Facebook purports U.S. Delta Force operators arrested two men who were allegedly eavesdropping on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate Feb. 18.

Verdict: False

The claim stems from a satirical website. There is no evidence supporting the purported claim.

Fact Check:

Delta Force is a special mission unit within the U.S. Army that is primarily focused on counterterrorism and partakes in direct-action missions and high-value operations, according to Military.com. Delta Force has maintained various names, including the Combat Applications Group and the Army Compartmented Elements, SOFREP reported.

The Facebook post purports U.S. Delta Force operators arrested two men who were allegedly eavesdropping on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate Saturday.  The former president’s Delta protection detail allegedly noticed a “suspicious” van with no license plates and a parabolic microphone sticking out its window parked outside Mar-a-Lago at 10:30 p.m., leading to the arrest of two men.

The claim is false. There are no credible news reports suggesting Delta Force operators arrested tourists outside Mar-a-Lago for suspected espionage. Likewise, the claim neither appears on the U.S. Army’s website nor its verified social media accounts. In addition, Trump has not commented on the purported claim via his TRUTH Social account.

A keyword search reveals the claim stems from a Feb. 19 article published on the website “Real Raw News.” A disclaimer included on the site’s “About Us” page indicates it contains “humor, parody, and satire.” (RELATED: Did Joe Biden Sign Away The Sovereignty Of The United States?)

Check Your Fact has contacted the U.S. Army and a Trump spokesperson for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.

This is not the first time a satirical claim has circulated online. Check Your Fact previously debunked a social media post purporting a U.S. military tribunal allegedly convicted former White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain of seditious conspiracy.

Christine Sellers

Fact Check Reporter