Daytime US TV programme ‘The View’, which airs on ABC, reviewed the conspiracy theory after social media users began using #FakeMelania. According to Yahoo Entertainment, photos of Mrs Trump with her husband Donald from a visit to Alabama had gone viral. Some people believe the image shows another women who isn’t Mrs Trump, which led to wild speculation online.
Twitter then went into meltdown as people photoshopped Mrs Trump’s head with a variety of other famous people’s heads.
But Mrs Trump’s director of communication, Stephanie Grisham, attacked the show for publicising the story.
She wrote on Twitter: “The First Lady and President traveled to Alabama to pay their respects and comfort victims of the tornado devastation.
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“In typical fashion, The View chooses to laugh in the face of tragedy.
Mr and Mrs Trump had been visiting Alabama after the area was struck by a tornado which killed 23 people.
As well as supporting the bereaved families of victims, Mrs Trump had also been promoting her ‘Be Best’ anti-bullying initiative.
The View’s Sunny Hostin referenced the photos, telling the show: “Melania is a very tall statuesque woman.
“Look how short she looks.”
Ms Grisham’s comments come just days after she launched another attack on trolls using the hurtful hashtag on CNN.
She told CNN: “Once again, we find ourselves consumed with a ridiculous non-story when we could be talking about the work the First Lady is doing on behalf of children, including the opioid crisis that is gripping our nation.”