FACT CHECK: Viral Video Claiming Trump Recently Sent Troops To The Border Is From 2018
A video shared on Facebook purports former President Donald Trump and former Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis have recently sent troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.
The video stems from a 2018 Next News Network report. Since Trump is no longer the president, he does not have the authority to send troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Trump took to his TRUTH Social account Sunday to call out the “Radical Lunatics” behind his legal issues, according to The Hill. The former Republican President may potentially face a third indictment over the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, The Washington Post reported.
“BREAKING- Trump And Mattis Just Sent a BATTALION To The Border And They’re Bringing HELL With Them,” the video’s caption reads. The video features a Next News Network report describing how Mattis responded to a request from Trump to deploy more troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to combat what Trump called a “national emergency.”
The video is not recent, however. The video, which has been published on Next News Network’s YouTube channel, shows a 2018 report about Trump and Mattis working together to combat what Trump called a “national emergency” at the U.S.-Mexico border at the time. The video was uploaded to the platform in October 2018, its description shows.
Furthermore, Trump is no longer the president, so he does not have the authority to send troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Likewise, the former Republican President has neither referenced the video on his website nor his TRUTH Social account. (RELATED: Did Donald Trump Recently Announce That Hillary Clinton’s Prosecution Is Moving Forward?)
Next News Network, which is known for conservative-leaning content, had its YouTube channel demonetized back in February 2023, according to Newsweek. Next News Network host and founder Gary Franchi delivered the news in an emotional video but did not explain why the channel had been demonetized, the outlet reported.
Check Your Fact has contacted a Trump spokesperson for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.
This is not the first time a video from the conservative YouTube channel has been passed off as recent on social media. Check Your Fact recently debunked a video originally posted by the channel in 2016 purporting Trump had made a deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin that would “save America.”