A White House aide got more than he bargained for after he was caught tweeting fake news to his boss, Tweeter-in-Chief Donald Trump.
On Sunday, presidential aide Dan Scavino Jr. posted a video to Twitter purportedly of Miami International Airport submerged during Hurricane Irma, but there’s a problem: The video is from Mexico City and it occurred on Aug 31, 2017.
Twitter users were quick to respond and set the record straight:
The White House is literally tweeting out fake news during a national disaster (and apparently sharing fake videos with the President). pic.twitter.com/LYud9ydbPP
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) September 10, 2017
Yes, this is not MIA airport. A tweet from @bryanwx says it’s Mexico City. I believe it occurred on Aug 31, 2017.
— Weather Hustle (@WeatherHustle) September 10, 2017
As noted by The Independent, this is not the first time Scavino has gotten himself in trouble for his tweets. In June, the United States Office of Special Council said Scavino broke federal law by using his Twitter account to call for the electoral defeat of Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), a violation of The Hatch Act.
After being embarrassed online, Scavino deleted the tweet, But not before Twitter users unloaded on him:
Good grief, these idiots are our national leaders?
— Llhs (@hugheslrr) September 10, 2017
What is wrong with you @Scavino45
— debauntwit (@debauntwit) September 10, 2017
— Andrea Valentini 🇨🇦 (@GypsySpirit46) September 10, 2017
This is shameful, doesn't anyone in this administration tell the truth? Especially during this horrific weather condition.
— Lynda Harris (@LyndaPole) September 10, 2017
@Scavino45 NOT from Miami International Airport – according to Miami International Airport. You're spreading FAKE NEWS!!!
— Lindsey McBride (@Lindsey_McBride) September 10, 2017
They cannot get shit right! Lie too much and they are not governing!
— Wileva Sims (@wilevasims) September 10, 2017