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Voice Of America Reporter ‘Fact Checks’ Trump’s Meme Showing Him Awarding Medal Of Honor To Hero Dog

Voice of America’s (VOA) White House bureau chief fact-checked a meme that President Donald Trump tweeted showing him awarding a Medal of Honor to the dog who partook in the al-Baghdadi raid.

Steve Herman tweeted a photo from Trump Wednesday, where the dog who was injured during Saturday evening’s raid on ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was photoshopped in front of the president. Trump was giving the dog, whose name is still classified, a Medal of Honor.

“AMERICAN HERO!,” Trump’s tweet read. The photo was largely known as being photoshopped.

Herman fact-checked the meme Wednesday, appearing to not realize that it was intended to be known as a fake. He added that he “requested details from the @White House” on the photo because there was “no such canine event” on the president’s schedule.

The VOA reporter provided an update later with the White House’s response.

“It’s photoshopped,” acknowledges a @WhiteHouse official. The dog is not here at the @WhiteHouse — yet,” Herman added.

He continued with his fact check by finding the original picture, which was from when Trump gave former U.S. army soldier James McCloughan a Medal of Honor for “conspicuous gallantry during the Vietnam War.”

 Editor’s Note: The White House did not produce the photoshopped image (the watermark on the image should have guided the reporter in the right direction, and the image is obviously altered. Also, the medal shown in the image is not the Medal of Honor. The MoH does not have a giant pawprint on it. #JustSaying

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