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Donald Trump’s new campaign ad promises to seal off a national border that is out of control — but maybe not one of the actual borders in the United States.

Trump’s new spot boasts, among various maniacal campaign vows, that the tycoon will “stop illegal immigration by building a wall on our Southern border — that Mexico will pay for,” as video is shown of a large crowd of people rushing a border fence.

The clear suggestion is that the footage is of the “southern border” between the United States and Mexico. But it’s not — it’s 5,000 miles away, in a small Spanish enclave on the mainland of Morocco.

PolitiFact was able to trace the footage back to the Italian television network RepubblicaTV. On May 3, 2014, the network posted footage of Moroccans crossing the border into Melilla, one of two enclaves on the Moroccan coast that are held by Spain. Migrants who cross the border there are essentially entering territory held by a European Union nation, even though they are still on the African continent.

NBC News reporter Katy Tur — who has previously been called out for ridicule by The Donald at his rallies — got a very interesting comment from Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

This campaign official for a presidential frontrunner then further clarified his position:

 

 

Update: The Trump campaign soon issued a new statement, Katy Tur has also reported — in which they insisted that their use of the Morocco footage over a narration about the Mexican border was totally intentional!

Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)