Trump Shares Faked Photo of Hero Dog Getting a Medal

The doctored photo appeared to use an image of a 2017 Medal of Honor ceremony. The recipient had saved the lives of 10 men in Vietnam.

President Trump on Wednesday shared an altered photograph of himself placing a medal around the neck of the dog injured in the raid last weekend that led to the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State’s leader.

The image, which bears a watermark for a social media account for the conservative news site The Daily Wire, appeared to be an altered version of a 2017 Associated Press photograph. In the original, Mr. Trump is seen awarding a Medal of Honor to James C. McCloughan, a retired Army medic who is credited with saving the lives of 10 men during the war in Vietnam.

Mr. Trump has spoken of the dog, whose name Newsweek reported is Conan, in glowing terms in the days since the raid, which culminated with Mr. al-Baghdadi detonating a suicide bomb, killing himself and several children and injuring the dog.

“Our ‘K-9,’ as they call it, I call it a dog,” Mr. Trump said on Sunday. “A beautiful dog — a talented dog — was injured and brought back.”

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The image he shared on Wednesday was one of several altered photographs featuring the dog and posted in recent days on social media by The Daily Wire.

Mr. Trump was also scheduled on Wednesday to award the Medal of Honor to Matthew O. Williams, an Army master sergeant, who is credited with helping to save the lives of four critically wounded soldiers in 2008 in Afghanistan.