A misleading claim is circulating on social media sites that U.S. President Joe Biden received his booster shot for COVID-19 on a ‘fake White House set.’
A Twitter post (here) says, “Why did Joe Biden just give an interview from a fake Oval Office in a fake White House?”
The President’s immunization filming occurred at an actual location on the White House grounds.
According to Speeches and Remarks listed on the White House website (here), the Sept. 27 event was filmed and photographed at the South Court Auditorium located in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. This building serves as the office of White House staff (here) and rests on the grounds of the White House next to the West Wing. A 2020 YouTube video captured during the Trump administration, which features a West Wing and Eisenhower Executive Office tour, is visible here .
Events featuring then-President Trump in the same room are visible here .
The set-up in the South Court Auditorium used for the booster shot has been used before and is visible in Sept. 22, 2021 Reuters reporting visible here here .
A Reuters photographer present said the set used at the event was decorative in nature and “meant to fool no one.”
Reuters has debunked claims of Biden’s White House being a movie set in the past, visible here .
Missing context. The set used during press coverage of the President was not fake or at a fake White House. A Reuters photographer present described the set to be decorative, and it is in the South Court Auditorium located in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
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