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There's A Huge Hoax That Donald Trump Was Secretly Born In Pakistan

OK, so, it all started with a photo of a little boy from Afghanistan taken in 2009.

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During and before his campaign for presidency, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump often questioned the origins of the current President Barack Obama, suggesting that he was born in Kenya.

Earlier this year, though, he did retract those claims.
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Earlier this year, though, he did retract those claims.

However, in the past few weeks, there have been some memes floating around the internet claiming that Donald Trump was actually born in Pakistan.

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Pakistani channel Neo News even reported the rumour as an actual news story in October.

The channel has since deleted the video from its official YouTube channel.
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The channel has since deleted the video from its official YouTube channel.

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Since then, the story has blown up around the world, with many mainstream news platforms reporting the story based on the Neo News report.

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Here's the thing though — the picture of "young Trump" that is being circulated was actually taken in Afghanistan in 2009 by AFP photographer Massoud Hossaini.

Massoud Hossaini

Hossaini told BuzzFeed that he had first submitted the photo to AFP at the time of an earthquake in 2009. Though, he said it never actually made it to the AFP wire.

Hossaini told BuzzFeed that he was aware of the rumour and said that he thought it was, "so stupid, 'cause the boy is a poor Hazara boy". This week, he tweeted about the hoax.

Some of Pakistani media use a photo taken by myself to prove that #Trumps is originally from #Pakistan!!!! This is a joke!?

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People responded to his tweet mentioning that the claims have been circulating for weeks now.

Hossaini gave BuzzFeed a few other shots of Pakistani baby Trump.

Massoud Hossaini

You have to admit, the resemblance is uncanny...

Massoud Hossaini

Contact Sonia Mariam Thomas at Sonia.thomas@buzzfeed.com.

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