Trump Campaign 'Support Our Troops' Ad Features Photo of Russian Jets

15 Septembre, 2020, 23:53 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Don't Blame Moscow for That Trump's Campaign Uses Russian Jets Guns in'Support Our Troops Ad                Sputnik  Vladimir Astapkovich

A campaign fundraising ad for U.S. President Donald Trump aimed at rallying support for the country's troops actually displays Russian-made military equipment, Politico reported Monday.

"That's definitely a MiG-29", said Pierre Sprey, who helped design both the F-16 and A-10 planes for the U.S. Air Force.

The Trump committee ad's "Support Our Troops" message comes at a fraught time in the president's relationship with the military. The ad campaign only ran fora few days and was funded by the Trump Make American Again Great Committee, a joint effort between the RNC and the Trump re-election team.

In July 2015, just a month into Trump's initial presidential run, his campaign tweeted and then rapidly deleted an image extolling Trump's leadership after it was discovered that the ad had superimposed a US flag over a stock photo image of Nazi soldiers as a part of the collage.

He noted the angle of the aircraft's tail, the way the tail is swept far back, and the spacing of the engines, along with the tunnel between them.

The ad also features an AK-74 assault rifle, according to Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies in Moscow.

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If four years of dodging unsubstantiated accusations of colluding with Russian Federation were not enough for President Donald Trump, his campaign managed to add oil to the fire by making a military-themed snafu in its digital ad, which was active between 8 and 12 September.

Most of the digital donations raised by the committee goes to the campaign.

The image used in the ad was apparently taken from a stock photos database, Shutterstock, which did not explicitly state the type of jets and weapons used in the picture, although it did contain a number of hashtags written in Russian.

The MiG-29, a twin-engine fighter jet designed in the Soviet Union that first flew in 1977, is the Russians' mainstay fighter jet and has been sold all over the world.

The Trump campaign and RNC did not immediately respond to TPM's request for comment.

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