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Trump Dubs ‘Orange-Faced’ Photo of Him ‘Fake News’ After it Goes Viral on Social Media

© AP Photo / Manuel Balce CenetaPresident Donald Trump gestures as he arrives back to the White House, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, in Washington, from a trip in Charlotte, N.C.
President Donald Trump gestures as he arrives back to the White House, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, in Washington, from a trip in Charlotte, N.C.  - Sputnik International
US President Donald Trump blasted the photo of him returning to the White House with his hair swept back, showing an orange-colored tan line surrounding his face, saying that it was photoshopped by Fake News, yet still asked if his hair looked good in it.

The photo, which went viral on social media on Saturday, was originally posted through an unverified account purporting to belong to a White House photographer named William Moon. Later AP, AFP and several other agencies published analogous photos of the US President.

The photo in question, however, seems to be slightly altered, adding more orange to Trump’s face while making the skin around his hair paler. Trump, in return, published the white-and-black version of the photo, saying that the Fake News had photoshopped the original. 

White House spokesperson Stephanie Grisham told CNBC that she had “nothing beyond the president’s tweet” to add, noting that Moon is not an official White House photographer. The Twitter account on which the photo was first posted links to an Instagram account featuring other photos of Trump and the White House and includes a caption that reads “White House Correspondent, Journalist, Photographer, Poet and Pesco Vegetarian.”

Netizens were astonished by the photo, making all kinds of jokes about Trump’s face. While some compared Trump and his “make-up line” to other characters, others started to theorize where the US President could have slept to get such colour.


Trump was most recently mocked for his tan by former New York City Mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, who said Trump “lies about everything: his fake hair, his obesity, and his spray-on tan.” 

Several media outlets have speculated on the nature of Trump’s make-up throughout his presidency: the Washington Post has previously reported that Trump keeps liquid face make-up in at least one of his homes, while Vanity Fair wrote that Trump does all his own make-up.

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