Congressman posts doctored photo of Obama meeting Iranian president

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On Monday, Trump tweeted a warning to Iran - ' IRAN WILL NEVER HAVE A NUCLEAR WEAPON!', which was met with Rouhani reminding him of Iran's uranium resources. As several media outlets reported at the time, the image actually depicts Obama meeting with former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2011. There are a few problems with this photo and message, as Rouhani is still very much the president of Iran and Obama does not have two thumbs on his left hand. Gosar for sharing the doctored image, prompting the congressman to defend himself by tweeting more than 40 minutes later that "no one said this wasn't photoshopped".

Gosar's tweet comes in the wake of the backlash surrounding President Trump's decision to authorize the strike that killed top Iranian military official Qasem Soleimani. The photo has always been debunked-Obama and Rouhani never actually met in person-and Rouhani is actually still in power.

"The point remains to all but the dimmest: Obama coddled, appeased, nurtured and protected the world's No.1 sponsor of terror. The world will be better off without Rouhani".

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Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Arizona) tweeted the photo from his personal Twitter account on Monday afternoon.

"The United States must know its interests and security in the region are in danger and that it can not escape the consequences of this great crime", he said in an hour-long telephone call with Macron, quoted in a statement by the Iranian presidency. "The world will be better off without Rouhani".

Gosar has a history of controversial remarks and actions. He has supported a prominent anti-Muslim extremist, defended Islamophobic conspiracy theories, and tweeted (ironically, he claims) that convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's suicide was a hoax. Gosar is a dentist whose six siblings appeared in a 2018 ad for his opponent. He previously worked at The Stranger and Santa Fe Reporter.

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