FACT CHECK: Video Showing Donald Trump In Iowa Takes Place Before Death Of Melania Trump’s Mother

Elias Atienza | Senior Reporter

A video shared on X, formerly Twitter, claims to show former President Donald Trump in Iowa instead of comforting his wife, Melania Trump, after the death of her mother, Amalija Knavs.

Verdict: Misleading

While the video does take place in Iowa, it was taken in September 2023. Melania Trump’s mother died in January 2024, with Donald Trump attending her funeral.

Fact Check:

Donald Trump said in a released deposition video that he saved the world from “nuclear holocaust” and became president of the United States because of his “brand,” according to NBC News.

Social media users are sharing a video of Donald Trump signing a woman’s shirt, claiming it took place when Knavs died. (RELATED: No, Clip Does Not Show Trump Saying He’ll Be President For ‘Four Years And Beyond’)

One user wrote, “Why is Melania angry at Trump? Here he is acting inappropriately with woman at the Iowa campaign, instead of comforting Melania and Barron after the death of his mother in law, and, after using her dead mother as an excuse, to delay his court dates.…”

This claim, however, is false. The video was taken in September 2023, months before Knavs died. The video was reported on by outlets such as USA Today and was taken by the Associated Press.

“Before leaving Bettendorf, Iowa, on a campaign swing through the state, Donald Trump stopped by a popular restaurant and autographed a waitresses’ white tank top. (Sept. 20),” reads the video description on the USA Today website.

Furthermore, Donald Trump attended the funeral of Knavs in January 2024, according to The Associated Press. Knavs died on Jan. 9, the outlet reported.

The Iowa caucuses also already took place when this post was taken. Trump won by 30 points, defeating his Republican opponents such as former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, according to The Associated Press.

Elias Atienza

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