By Shawn Rice
President Donald Trump assisting first-responders and reaching out to rescue a Harvey flooding victim is a doctored image. A photograph showing the president on a raft in Texas saving a flood victim is fake, according to Snopes.
Hurricane Harvey caused catastrophic flooding in southeast Texas in late August 2017. Following those events, an image began circulating social media allegedly showing Trump leaning over the side of a raft, reaching out to a stranded flood victim (seen below).
However, the above image is a doctored one that does indeed show partial real events. Of course, Trump did not indeed perform these heroic acts. For one thing, it would certainly make national news having a president in the thick of things helping out the victims.
Also, Trump is seen in the fake image wearing a suit and no life vest. It is proper safety precaution to wear a life vest during these natural disaster responses. Presidents also generally do not personally take part in rescue operations after disasters.
Therefore, the image was unsurprisingly digitally altered from a real one. 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.
Trump did visit the storm-ravaged areas on Aug. 29 2017, to see first hand the devastation as well as provide a gesture of federal support to local government agencies battling the tragic events. However, Trump did not go out on floodwaters to rescue victims. Trump has pledged to donate $1 million from his personal fortune to storm victims in Texas and Louisiana.
If you are outside the affected Texas area and are looking to help, here are some options.
The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund of Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, which is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
Carter BloodCare covers hospitals in north, central and east Texas. To donate, call 877-571-1000 or text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999.
The Texas Diaper Bank in San Antonio is asking for diapers and wipes, which can be dropped off in person or mailed to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, Tex., 78238.
The United Way of Greater Houston flood relief fund will be used to help with immediate needs as well as long-term services like minor home repair. Visit their website to donate or text UWFLOOD to 41444.
The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center is reporting a critical shortage, and has extended hours at all of its San Antonio-area donor rooms. To donate, call 210-731-5590 and visit their website for more information.
For more options, the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends Go to the full article.
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