Trump slams Melania 'body double' conspiracy theory as 'fake news'

U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at a memorial in Alabama

President Donald Trump slammed the "Fake Melania" conspiracy theory on Twitter on Wednesday morning, claiming the media "photoshopped" photos of the First Lady.

Fox & Friends aired a clip of The View co-host Joy Behar arguing that a woman who recently accompanied President Donald Trump to visit a tornado-ravaged region of Alabama did not look like Melania Trump.

The US President took to Twitter to say that the "deranged" Fake News media had doctored images of Melania, and that that was what propelled conspiracy theories.

Hosts of "The View" had commented on how the woman at Trump's side in photos of the trip appeared shorter than usual and had a different facial structure than the first lady's.

In fact, the 5-foot-11 first lady had ditched her customary stilettos for sneakers to walk around the rough terrain with Trump. "Instead, they go after her", Trump said Monday. "They are only getting more deranged with time!" the president tweeted.

One host surmised Melania might have been wearing flats. "You mean there are two women who have to pretend they're listening to (President Trump)?". "The tornadoes were disgusting, but she wanted to go, and I said, 'Good, let's go, '" Trump said, referring to Mrs. Trump.

The "Fake Melania" theory first emerged from a tweet by Joe Vargas, CEO of Buy Legal Meds, in October 2017.

"I've always found it sad that a group of women spend so much time attacking another woman, whose only goal is to help children", Grisham wrote in an email to USA Today. "Sorry", Behar said of one photo.

Melania Trump's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham criticized The View on Monday.

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