The photo was published here on Twitter on November 14, 2020. It has been shared more than 1,000 times.
A screenshot, taken on November 26, 2020, of the misleading post.
The simplified Chinese-language tweet translates to English as: "Things must be hard for him for him to cry in public. I hope we all do not let him down! May God be with us! Amen!"
The post was shared shortly after Joe Biden won the 2020 US presidential election. Despite Biden being declared winner of the election on November 7, Trump has refused to concede and continues to make baseless claims of election fraud, as reported by AFP.
Comments from some Twitter users in response to the misleading post suggested they believed the photo was genuine.
One user wrote: "Trump is a tough guy, he isn't just crying because he is being falsely accused. His tears represent his heart for the people, he has finally been understood and received the support of his people."
Another commented: "A man rarely shows his vulnerability...he must have experienced something difficult for him to show tears".
A selection of comments, taken on November 26, 2020, under the misleading tweet.
The claim is false; the photo has been doctored.
A combined keyword and reverse image search found the original photo was taken by an AFP photographer in July 2020, as seen here.
The AFP photo does not show any tears on Trump's face.
The photo description states, in part: "US President Donald Trump speaks to the press in the Oval Office at the White House after receiving a briefing from top law enforcement officials on operations against the MS-13 gang in Washington, DC, on July 15, 2020."
MS-13, or the Mara Salvatrucha, is an international criminal gang believed to have originated in Los Angeles in the 1980s, according to this US Justice Department report.
Below is a screenshot comparison of the image in the misleading tweet (L) and AFP photo (R):
A screenshot comparison of the image in the misleading tweet (L) and the AFP photo (R).
The misleading claim was also debunked by the Taiwan Factcheck Centre here on November 17, 2020.
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