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Did Obama Call Putin a Jackass?

Did Obama Call Putin a Jackass?

A rumor circulating online claims that President Obama referred to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “jackass.” Is this true or false?

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It is not true.

The rumor stems from a satirical column published by the New Yorker. Penned by Anthony Borowitz, the humorous article stated, “Hopes for a positive G20 summit crumbled today as President Obama blurted to Russia’s Vladimir Putin at a joint press appearance, “Everyone here thinks you’re a jackass.”

Borowitz’ column, the Borowitz Report, is described as “a satirical news column that has millions of readers around the world…”

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