Reports that former President Barack Obama seized two Russian mansions as gifts for his daughters Malia and Sasha are false. Rumors that the diplomatic compounds, which were seized by the Obama administration last year, were gifted to Obama’s daughters stemmed from a satire website.
According to PolitiFact, the fake claim originated on News Feed Hunter, a self-described “satirical publication.” The article claimed that Obama took the properties in an effort “to grab as much free stuff as possible” before leaving office. It purported:
Well, well, well…it looks like Obummer wasn’t actually trying to punish Russia for anything after all (since there’s nothing to punish them FOR) — he was actually just trying to get a couple of free mansions for his brats while kissing up to his ignorant base of drooling libtards.
[…] Once again, we’re really sorry that the poor Obama girls won’t each get a free mansion to trash with their drug, rape and thugs parties. Too bad for you two entitled brats, but maybe you should consider getting a REAL JOB because your days of stealing from hardworking taxpaying Americans are OVER.
The report, however, is entirely fabricated. News Feed Hunter clearly states in their disclaimer that their articles should be considered completely fictitious:
NewsFeedHunter.com is a satirical publication that may sometimes appear to be telling the truth. We assure you that’s not the case. We present fiction as fact and our sources don’t actually exist.
The diplomatic compounds in New York and Maryland were, in fact, seized last year as part of sanctions imposed by the Obama administration in response to Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. The compounds were “used by Russian personnel for intelligence-related purposes,” according to the official statement, and was just one of many actions Obama authorized “in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election in 2016.”
CNBC reports that while President Donald Trump has stated that he doesn’t want to remove the sanctions, he did discuss easing the sanctions with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russia issued new threats of retaliation earlier this month and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told CNN, “We think that the diplomatic property must be returned without any conditions and talks.”
The compounds, however, were never gifted to anyone.
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake story on social media:
Social Media Shares Fake Story about Obama Seizing Russian Mansions As Gifts for Daughters
BUSTED: Russian Mansions Obama Seized Were Meant To Be Illegal Gifts To Sasha And Malia https://t.co/axDySC3NwI
— VINDICTIVE WitchHunt (@LoreliTew) July 15, 2017
If this is true? shame on bho where is DOJ? https://t.co/31K9veSk3R
— Catherine Schwob (@SchwobCatherine) July 25, 2017
BUSTED: Russian Mansions Obama Seized Were Meant To Be Illegal Gifts To Sasha And Malia https://t.co/nDdB9qnzfM
— Elizabeth Diamond (@diamactive2001) July 14, 2017
BUSTED: Russian Mansions Obama Seized Were Meant To Be Illegal Gifts To Sasha And Malia https://t.co/txF2R828T6
— Deplorable Diane (@joydcarter) July 13, 2017
BUSTED: Russian Mansions Obama Seized Were Meant To Be Illegal Gifts To Sasha And Malia https://t.co/hWIY0gxaFZ
— Doggo Butter Crew (@Mcfagens) July 16, 2017
Have you seen the fake story about Barack Obama seizing Russian mansions as gifts for Malia and Sasha circulating social media? What are your thoughts on the sanctions that were imposed by the Obama administration? Sound off in the comments section below!
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