President Donald Trump receiving a bomb via a Amazon drone at The White House is fake news. Rather, a satirical website published a story making up the story that a rogue Amazon drone tried to deliver a bomb to The White House in an attempt to assassinate Trump.
Where did this fake news originate? TheDailyChronicle.co.uk published the fake news article on Oct. 25, 2017, falsely reporting that a rogue Amazon drone made an effort to deliver a bomb to Trump at the White House in an assassination attempt. You can read the fake news below.
This time, drones–and Amazon–may have gone too far. At approximately 3:30 am on October 25th, 2017, a drone arrived at the White House loading dock bearing what appeared to be gifts. […]
Trump is no stranger to disarming bombs. Sources close to Trump estimate between one and four seconds remaining on the bomb. In the nick of time, Trump was able to save both himself, as well as over two centuries of American history in one fell swoop.
However, there is no truth to the story, according to Snopes. For one thing, the above story presents the false claim that the president does not have a Secret Service detail in the evening. In 1902, The Secret Service established an around-the-clock White House detail to protect President Roosevelt.
Additionally, Trump does not have tactical experience handling and disarming bombs. At the moment, the Amazon Drone program is largely theoretical, though Amazon launched a small-scale test of the service in the United Kingdom in 2016.
Snopes also noted that The Daily Chronicle describes itself as “America’s best newspaper” despite a UK domain name and has a publishing history that began in November 2017.
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Recently, Amazon has been granted a patent for drone technology that allows the craft to strategically self-destruct in the event of an emergency. The system uses the drone’s onboard computer to determine the safest course of action. This would seem to be an effort to prevent rogue drones.
Back in December 2015, the FAA announced that drone owners had to register any device over 0.55 pounds. The new rule was actually championed by big tech companies like Amazon and Google. The registration rule was signed into law as part of the National Defense Authorization Act.
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