Claim: Sarah Palin has been appointed the new Science and Technology Adviser by President-Elect Donald Trump, and she has vowed to “get rid of the climate change hysteria”
Date(s) active: Dec 2017, Jan 2017
Originated from: WorldNewsDailyReport.com
Links are spreading across social media that claim President-Elect Donald Trump has appointed Sarah Palin to the position of Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology. Such links point to the website WorldNewsDailyReport.com, that reads in part –
The American President-elect Donald Trump has officially announced this morning that Sarah Palin is to become the new Science and Technology Adviser.
Critics of the administration have already voiced their concerns over the choice of the former Alaska governor, known to be a fierce climate change denier, to lead the White House Office of Science and Technology of the United States.
However the rumours are false. In the WorldNewsDailyReport.com there is what appears to be a tweet from Trump that reads – I am thrilled to nominate Sarah Palin as our next Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology – however that tweet is not real, and has never appeared on Trump’s official Twitter feed. It has been digitally created.
Of course, promoting an outspoken climate change denier to such a prominent position in the White House would be a somewhat high profile appointment – one that would garner plenty of mainstream media attention. However there has been no statement from either Trump or Palin, not any media coverage, confirming such an appointment.
This, and the fact that the story comes from a popular fake news website that openly publishes nonsense stories, it is clear that this story is not genuine.
World News Daily Report has a disclaimer on their website that reads in part –
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