A striking photo seemingly showing President Donald Trump and a handful of world leaders huddled around Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Summit spread like wildfire on social media.
It was a perfect illustration of what his critics believe is a cozy relationship between the U.S. president and Russian leader.
There’s just one problem: the photo is a fake.
Photo on the left is making the rounds on social media. Photo on the right is the original Getty Image. pic.twitter.com/E9aoCI6eCu
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) July 9, 2017
A simple search through Getty photos shows the original image — and Putin isn’t even in it at all.
Trump was photographed speaking with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel overlooks in the background. Putin was nowhere to be found.
— Gizmodo (@Gizmodo) July 10, 2017