A short clip purportedly showing Pope Francis slapping away President Trump’s hand during a photo-op at the Vatican was widely shared on social media on 24 May 2017:
This video does not show a real interaction between Donald Trump and Pope Francis.
One clue that the video is fake is the sleeves of both men. In the wide shot, the Pope’s sleeve is longer, nearly covering his fingers, and Trump’s jacket sleeve completely covers his white shirtsleeve. In the “closeup,” however, the Pope’s sleeve is shorter and Trump’s shirtsleeve is visible:
The clip can be glimpsed at the 1:30 mark of the following video:
Although these clips may appear obviously fake when viewed in the context of late night television, many people shared edited versions which featured just the “hand slapping” moment. The real footage of Trump’s meeting with the Pope, however, does not include any such hand slapping:
Green, Emma. “Pope Francis, Trump Whisperer?”
The Atlantic 24 May 2017.
Bennett, Kate. “After Monday’s ‘Hand Swat,’ Tuesday the Trumps Make a Show of Togetherness… Sort of.”
CNN 23 May 2017.