Trump's Social Media Chief Posts Wrong Irma Video

He thought it was of flooding in Miami
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2017 1:17 AM CDT
Trump's Social Media Chief Tweets Wrong Storm Video
White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino, left, and White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner walk away from Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – President Trump's social media chief had to post a retraction Sunday after sharing a video that he wrongly believed showed the impact of Hurricane Irma. "Here is Miami International Airport. STAY SAFE!!" tweeted White House social media director Dan Scavino, posting a video of flooding at an airport. He was swiftly corrected by Miami International Airport itself, which pointed out that the video was not from the airport, CNN reports. The real location and date of the video has not been verified, though it was posted on YouTube on Aug. 31 with a title suggesting that it is Mexico City's airport. It resurfaced on Twitter Sunday mislabeled as Miami.

"It was among 100s of videos/pix I am receiving," Scavino tweeted after being corrected. "In trying to notify all, I shared - have deleted." The error was noteworthy because when Scavino shared the video, it was an example of the tweets he said he was sharing with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence hourly, raising questions about the accuracy of his information, the Washington Post reports. The White House declined to comment on how Scavino was verifying posts that he shared with Trump and Pence. Miami International Airport, meanwhile, says it will be closed until at least Tuesday while damage assessment is carried out. (Irma made landfall in Florida for a second time Sunday.)

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