Since 2017, there has been speculation First Lady Melania Trump occasionally sends a body double out with her husband for official engagements.
It is based on social media users claiming the former model looked unlike herself during some of these engagements.
Nor do the large, dark sunglasses she often wears in public help to dispel such rumours.
But the US President has now hit back at the rumours – following fresh body double claims circulating earlier this week after the First Lady was pictured with her husband in Georgia, US.
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He addressed the theory in a tweet posted earlier today, aimed at the “Fake News”.
The Fake News photoshopped pictures of Melania, then propelled conspiracy theories that it’s actually not her by my side in Alabama and other places. They are only getting more deranged with time!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2019
His comments come off the back of Stephanie Grisham, the spokesperson for the First Lady, responding on Twitter to the “Fake Melania” rumours earlier this week.
.@flotus & @potus traveled to Alabama to pay their respects & comfort victims of the tornado devastation. In typical fashion, @theview chooses to laugh in the face of tragedy. Shameful. https://t.co/KzG2c4Th4a
— Stephanie Grisham (@StephGrisham45) March 11, 2019
This is the first time Donald has formally addressed the “Fake Melania” theory, although Grisham has previously denied the theory to the press, telling CNN it is “ridiculous” back in 2017.
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The “Fake Melania” theory first emerged from a tweet by Joe Vargas, CEO of Buy Legal Meds, in October 2017.
This is not Melania. To think they would go this far & try & make us think its her on TV is mind blowing. Makes me wonder what else is a lie pic.twitter.com/JhPVmXdGit
— BuyLegalMeds.com (@JoeVargas) October 18, 2017
The theory has been circulating the internet ever since.