CLAIM

A photograph shows President Donald Trump reaching out to rescue a Harvey flooding victim.

FALSE

RATING

FALSE

ORIGIN

In the days following Hurricane Harvey, which caused catastrophic flooding in southeast Texas in late August 2017, an image began circulating online that appeared to show President Donald Trump leaning over the side of a raft, reaching out to a stranded flood victim.


Tellingly, the President is pictured wearing a suit and no life vest — an unlikely scenario in a dangerous flood. Presidents also generally do not personally take part in rescue operations after disasters. 

The image, unsurprisingly, was digitally altered. The original can be found on CNN’s web site, and actually depicts three rescuers with the Austin Fire Department reaching out to help a man clinging to a chain link fence out of the water.

The incident, however did not happen during Hurricane Harvey in 2017 — instead the image depicts a rescue that took place during flooding in Central Texas that occurred in 2015:


Video of the rescue above can be viewed here.

President Trump did visit the storm-ravaged region on 29 August 2017, but he did not go out on floodwaters to rescue victims.

Updated to note incident happened in 2015.

Sources:

Liptak, Kevin, and Diamond, Jeremy. “Trump Pledges Storm Recovery ‘Better Than Ever Before.'”
  CNN. 29 August 2017.

Hawkins, Derek, and Andrews, Travis M. “Trump and Harvey: ‘There Was Something Missing’ From What the President Said.”
  The Washington Post. 30 August 2017.

Carroll, Rory, et al. “Receding Waters Reveal Harvey’s Devastation as Death Toll Reaches 35.”
  The Guardian. 31 August 2017.