MIAMI — Donald Trump’s Director of Social Media Dan Scavino Jr. got fact-checked by Miami International after posting fake news about the effects of Hurricane Irma on the airport.
Scavino tweeted a video of a flooded tarmac and wrote, “Sharing #HurricaneIrma on social media with President @realDonaldTrump & @VP Pence hourly. Here is Miami International Airport. STAY SAFE!!”
The airport was not amused and quickly responded, “This video is not from Miami International Airport.” The footage was actually of Mexico City International Airport. Scavino deleted the video shortly thereafter, tweeting, “’Thank you. It was among 100s of videos/pics I am receiving re: Irma from public. In trying to notify all, I shared – have deleted. Be safe!”
Fake news, anyone?
Thank you. It was among 100s of videos/pics I am receiving re: Irma from public. In trying to notify all, I shared – have deleted. Be safe!
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@Scavino45) September 10, 2017
Scavino met Trump in 1990 when he was a caddie at Trump’s golf party at Briar Hall Country Club. After rising through the ranks, he was named general manager of Trump National Golf Club Westchester. In 2016, he became Trump’s director of social media for his presidential campaign, which is apparently a natural fit.
Scavino is no stranger to controversy. Last year, over the July 4 weekend, he posted a picture on Trump’s twitter account of Hillary Clinton with a text in the shape of a Star of David that called her the “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever.” The picture came, surprise, from an anti-Semitic, white supremacist message board. Trump tried to downplay the pic saying it was a “sheriff’s badge.” Arpaio’s maybe.
This April, Scavino was accused of violating the Hatch Act by ethics attorney Richard Painter after urging a primary challenge against Michigan Congressman Justin Amash on Twitter. The Hatch Act prohibits executive branch employees from participating in electoral activities. Painter cautioned Scavino that future violations “could result in further action.”
The actual Miami International Airport, meanwhile, was closed to passenger flights today after hurricane damage affected the airport’s terminals. Officials will decide if flights can continue on Tuesday. Airlines are still able to fly into the airport to wait for its reopening. The airport hotel is also open to stranded passengers.
For accurate Hurricane Irma updates, steer clear of Scavino’s account and go to @iflymia, Miami International Airport’s official Twitter account.