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Social media users sharing a video of Donald Trump signing a tractor claim it shows the former US president expressing solidarity with 2024 farm protests against stricter European environmental regulations and other agricultural policies. But the clip is unrelated to the recent demonstrations; it shows a campaign stop in October ahead of presidential caucuses in the state of Iowa.
"President Donald Trump shows support for the international rebellion of farmers!" says a February 3, 2024 post on X sharing the clip.
"Whilst European farmers fighting their governments for their existence. Donald Trump is visiting farms and signing tractors," another post, shared on February 4, says, amid significant blockades by farmers across Europe.
But the posts misrepresent the video. The clip of Trump's visit to a farm in Iowa is unaltered, but it predates the ongoing series of European protests by months.
"@realDonaldTrump stops by a Family Farm in Iowa -- prior to departing they ask him to sign️their @JohnDeere Combine…," Scavino wrote in the October 1, 2023 post.
Through a keyword search of Trump's platforms, including Truth Social and his campaign website, AFP could not find any evidence of a recent meetup with US farmers or any statement by the former president supporting the demonstrations in Europe.
Trump has voiced his solidarity with foreign farmers in the past. In 2022, protests against plans to cut livestock numbers and possibly close farms to meet emissions targets in the Netherlands attracted the Republican leader's attention.
In turn, far-right and anti-establishment parties -- which are predicted to make significant gains in June's European elections -- latched onto the farmers' movement.