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Fact Check-Alleged Trump fundraising email with ‘nuke codes’ is fabricated

Contrary to claims online, former U.S. President Donald Trump did not send a fundraising email that included “nuke codes.” A screenshot circulating online appears to be a digitally altered version of an authentic fundraising email sent days earlier after the FBI raided his Mar-a-Lago home.

“NEW: Donald is fundraising by giving us ‘nuclear codes’. This is a fucking joke to him. #nucleardocuments,” reads a tweet featuring the image (here) (here), which has been retweeted over 5,000 times.

Comments from users that have been duped into thinking it is an authentic email include: “so this, right here, gives you an indication of how serious he takes things .... he's joking about nuclear codes..” (here) and “This is disgusting. This man is out of control. Lock Trump up.” (here)

The purported email carries the subject “MAR-A-LAGO:RAIDED” and was sent from the address “contact@email.donaldjtrump.com.” The screenshot carries the timestamp 10:12am but the date is not visible.

The body of the message includes a red banner with an image of Trump above a text that reads “The nuke codes are 15-25-50-80 Can I count on you to donate $15 $25 $50 $80.”

Trump did solicit political donations from his supporters in text messages and emails addressing the FBI raid, as reported by Reuters (here).

“They are trying to stop the Republican Party and me once more,” Trump said in a fundraising email on Tuesday. “The lawlessness, political persecution, and Witch Hunt, must be exposed and stopped.”

The screenshot circulating online appears to be a digitally altered version of one of the actual emails sent by the Trump campaign on Aug. 9.

New York Times reporter Shane Goldmacher tweeted a screenshot showing part of an email that features the same timestamp (10:12am), subject, sender address, and red banner (here). “NEW: I believe this is Trump's first fundraising email off the FBI search,” he tweeted on Tuesday.

The screenshot shows that the original email featured a text in red below the banner with Trump’s photo that reads: “Breaking: THE FBI RAIDED PRESIDENT TRUMP’S HOME: MAR-A-LAGO.”

David Corn, DC bureau chief of Mother Jones, also tweeted a screenshot of what appears to be the same message (here).

Liz Harrington, spokesperson for Trump, did not immediately respond to Reuters request for comment. She told Newsweek that the purported email with the “nuke codes” is “totally fake.” (here)

According to Newsweek, the screenshot began circulating after the Washington Post reported that FBI agents were looking for documents relating to nuclear weapons during the search of Trump’s Florida property (here).

VERDICT

Altered. Donald Trump did not send a fundraising email with “nuke codes.” A Trump spokesperson told Newsweek the alleged screenshot is “totally fake.” The screenshot appears to be a digitally altered version of a fundraising email sent days earlier that made no mention of “nuke codes.”

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our work to fact-check social media posts  here . 

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