That Ivanka Trump-Vladimir Putin Photo Isn't All It Seems

Wendi Deng Murdoch and Ivanka Trump are friends, but not with Vladimir Putin.
Wendi Deng Murdoch and Ivanka Trump are friends, but not with Vladimir Putin.

In the past few months, political news has become so extreme that many have completely shut off their “fake news” filters and are prepared to believe almost anything. But a viral photo of Ivanka Trump and Wendi Deng Murdoch hugging Russian President Vladimir Putin did set off some alarms. Conspiracy theorists might have to look elsewhere for their smoking gun, because the good fact checkers at have swooped in to reveal the truth.

Yes, that is a photo of Murdoch and Trump. The ex-wife of Rupert Murdoch and the first daughter are friends who have even vacationed together in Croatia.

Sight seeing with @wendimurdoch in Dubrovnik

A post shared by Ivanka Trump (@ivankatrump) on Aug 14, 2016 at 8:04am PDT

No, Murdoch was never Putin’s girlfriend (or so she says). “I’ve never met Putin,” she told Vogue. “But wow, so much press about it. Why did they choose me?”

In fact, she might be dating hot 21-year-old Hungarian model Bertold Zahoran.

As for the photo in question, the original meat in that Deng and Trump sandwich was director Baz Luhrmann. Vogue photographer Hannah Thompson snapped them at an afterparty for the 2015 Met Gala. Putin’s invitation must have been lost in his email.

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