Fake Melania: How Trump made a conspiracy theory worse

President Donald Trump Meets With Taoiseach Leo Varadkar of Ireland At The White House

It's back! The rumours that Donald Trump is using a body double of his wife have resurfaced and it may all be because of a tweet from the president himself.

No stranger to spreading conspiracy theories himself, Mr Trump tried to hit back at those who have claimed the double is employed because of material problems. Instead of dispelling the myths he only gave them more credence.

According to Vox, the president falsely claimed that images on twitter of his wife had been photoshopped. In fact, they were just older photos compared next to more up-to-date ones.

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Une fois n’est pas coutume ! En déplacement en Alabama, la First lady a opté pour une tenue casual très inhabituelle, mais de circonstance. Comme quoi !
FILE - In this March 8, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk from Marine One to board Air Force One at Lawson Army Airfield, Fort Benning, Ga., en route Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Fla., after visiting Lee County, Ala., where tornados killed 23 people. Trump has had it with the #fakeMelania conspiracy theories circulating on social media. Trump is claiming that photos of his wife were altered to make it appear that a look-alike accompanied him to Alabama last week. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
HELSINKI, FINLAND - JULY 15: U.S. first lady Melania Trump arrives at Helsinki International Airport on July 15, 2018 in Helsinki, Finland. President Trump arrived in Helsinki for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump said in a recent statement that he has ' low expectations' for the meeting, however he is under increasing pressure to confront the Russian President directly about special counsel Robert Mueller's indictment of twelve Russians said to have conspired to sway the decision of the 2016 US election. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

FILE - In this March 8, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump waits for his son Barron Trump, and first lady Melania Trump after speaking with reporters outside the White House in Washington before traveling to Alabama to visit areas affected by the deadly tornadoes. Trump has had it with the #fakeMelania conspiracy theories circulating on social media. Trump is claiming that photos of his wife were altered to make it appear that a look-alike accompanied him to Alabama last week. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump (Nicholas Kamm /AFP/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump waves, accompanied by their son Barron Trump, 12, and first lady Melania Trump, after stepping off Marine One at the White House, Sunday, March 10, 2019, in Washington. Trump is returning from a trip to Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump stand outside Providence Baptist Church in Opelika, Ala., during a tour of tornado-damaged areas on March 8. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm /AFP/Getty Images)
Donald Trump et Melania Trump débarquent de l’avion Air Force One le 8 mars 2019
Melania Trump evita las críticas con sus botas de cuero
Donald Trump und seine Frau Melania (oder ein Double?) ehren im Bundesstaat Alabama die Opfer eines Wirbelsturms. (Bild: Getty Images)
Melania Trump evita las críticas con sus botas de cuero
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 9 : President Donald J. Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and son Barron Trump walk to Marine One to depart from the South Lawn at the White House on Friday, March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 9 : President Donald J. Trump, First Lady Melania Trump, and son Barron Trump walk to Marine One to depart from the South Lawn at the White House on Friday, March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Palm Beach International Airport in Florida on March 8, 2019 after touring areas in neighboring Alabama affected by recent tornados. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump, shakes hands with Brian Kemp, governor of Georgia, third right, after arriving on Air Force One at Lawson Army Airfield in Fort Benning, Georgia, U.S., on Friday, March 8, 2019. Trump travels to Alabama on Friday after directing federal emergency personnel to provide 'A Plus treatment' in assisting the state's recovery from tornadoes that killed 23 people last weekend. Photographer: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images
US first lady Melania Trump (R) talks to Oleksandra Nikolayenko-Ruffin, wife of Treasure Island casino owner Phil Ruffin, while leaving after a town hall event about opioid abuse at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino on March 5, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - US first lady Melania Trump arrives at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada, on March 4, 2019. - The First Lady is travelling to Oklahoma, Washington, and Nevada as part of her 'Be Best' tour. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
US first lady Melania Trump boards her plane at Bowing Field on March 4, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. - The First Lady is travelling to Oklahoma, Washington, and Nevada as part of her 'Be Best' tour. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk on the South Lawn of the White House before boarding Marine One in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Opponents have lined up to block Trump's declaration of an emergency to get funds for the wall that lawmakers have refused to give him and already has led to a damaging government shutdown that lasted more than a month. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images
U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk on the South Lawn of the White House before boarding Marine One in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Opponents have lined up to block Trump's declaration of an emergency to get funds for the wall that lawmakers have refused to give him and already has led to a damaging government shutdown that lasted more than a month. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images
US President Donald Trump and US first lady Melania Trump walk to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House February 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. - Trump is spending the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk on the South Lawn of the White House before boarding Marine One in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Opponents have lined up to block Trump's declaration of an emergency to get funds for the wall that lawmakers have refused to give him and already has led to a damaging government shutdown that lasted more than a month. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images
US President Donald Trump arrives with Barron Trump and US first lady Melania Trump at Palm Beach International Airport February 1, 2019 in Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
FILE: U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk on the South Lawn of the White House before boarding Marine One in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, July 27, 2018. Sunday, January 20, 2019, marks the second anniversary of U.S. President Donald Trump's inauguration. Our editors select the best archive images looking back over Trumps second year in office. Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images
FILE: U.S. President Donald Trump, right, and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump disembark from Air Force One after arriving at London Stansted Airport in Stansted, U.K., on Thursday, July 12, 2018. Sunday, January 20, 2019, marks the second anniversary of U.S. President Donald Trump's inauguration. Our editors select the best archive images looking back over Trumps second year in office. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images
FILE: First Lady Melania Trump listens as U.S. President Donald Trump, not pictured, speaks to members of the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. Sunday, January 20, 2019, marks the second anniversary of U.S. President Donald Trump's inauguration. Our editors select the best archive images looking back over Trumps second year in office. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 27: U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump make their way across the South Lawn of the White House after returning on Marine One from their surprise trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq to visit troops, on December 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Pete Marovich - Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 27: U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump make their way across the South Lawn of the White House after returning on Marine One from their surprise trip to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq to visit troops, on December 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Pete Marovich - Pool/Getty Images)
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The president has firmly come out against this conspiracy theory, which is ironic given that he helped start the 'birther' conspiracy, among others, which claimed that president Obama wasn't a natural-born US citizen and so ineligible to be President of the United States.

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