Great Job, Internet!: Do not trust this photo of Putin and Trump making the rounds

Trump’s attendance at the G20 summit this weekend resulted in many indignities, from his deranged tweets about John Podesta to the fact that the rest of the world’s economic leaders are proceeding without the U.S. in the fight against climate change to the fact that we sent a fucking reality TV star to the G20 summit. Much attention was paid to Trump’s long-awaited in-person meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin amidst the encircling swarm of accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, as well as Trump’s sycophantic fondness for the Russian strongman. It is perhaps that heightened scrutiny, as well as Trump’s long-simmering crush on Putin, that made this picture seem so believable:

Screenshot: Twitter

It is not real. It was circulated by Putin loyalists, a montage of leaders huddled around as Putin gazes stoically in the distance.

Photo on the left is …

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