Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show Lukashenko Sending Gifts To Donald And Melania Trump In 2023


  • Автор: Lead Stories Staff
Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show Lukashenko Sending Gifts To Donald And Melania Trump In 2023 2019 Video

Has Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko recently sent presents to former President Donald Trump and his wife Melania, asking former U.S. Security Advisor John Bolton to deliver them, according to a video on social media? No, that's not true: The video, being shared as recent, is from 2019.

The claim appeared in a TikTok video (archived here) published by ostro.news on November 9, 2023, with the following caption (translated from Russian to English by Lead Stories staff): "What Lukashenko gifted Trump and his wife." The audio, similarly translated from Russian, is:

This is made with Belarusian linen. Probably such fabric is not produced in America anymore. Give this to Melania, it's for women, because she knows Slavic linen.

(The reference here is to Melania Trump being born in Slovenia.)

There is no mention in the post that this is an old video being recirculated, and its hashtags such as #news give the misleading impression that this shows a recent event.

This is what the post looked like on TikTok at the time of writing:

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(Source: TikTok screenshot taken on Tue Nov 21 06:29:55 2023 UTC)

On August 29, 2019, Bolton visited Belarus for the first time, where he met with the Belarusian president and then-Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus Vladimir Makei. After discussing topics related to regional security and bilateral relationships, Lukashenko gave gifts to Bolton and asked him to deliver the presents -- a navy officer's dagger for the president and a linen tablecloth with napkins for the first lady -- to Donald Trump and his wife.

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