2020 Election

Trump campaign ad asking people to ‘support our troops’ uses images of Russian jets

An ad launched by the fundraising arm of President Trump’s campaign used a stock image of Russian-made fighter jets and weapons, POLITICO reports.

The ad shows the silhouettes of American troops as the jets emerge above their heads. Speaking to POLITICO, aerospace engineer Pierre Spray identified the aircraft as “definitely a MiG-29,” noting they angle of the aircraft’s tail and the space between the engines.

Director of Moscow’s Centre of Analysis and Strategies and Technologies, Ruslan Pukhov, confirmed Spray’s account, adding that the soldier to the right in the image is carrying an AK-47, which is a Soviet-era assault rifle. 

The image used in the ad can be found on Shutterstock.com.

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