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Trump posts ‘fake’ Abraham Lincoln quote

Quotation mistakenly believed to be from 16th US president originally seen on RNC Twitter account, although group later deleted it

US President Donald Trump speaks during a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, February 13, 2017. (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)
US President Donald Trump speaks during a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, February 13, 2017. (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)

US President Donald Trump posted an image of the statue of former US president Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial to his Instagram account to mark the latter’s birthday on Sunday, complete with a quote said to be from the country’s 16th president.

However, the quote — “And in the end, it’s not that the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years” — was likely never said by Lincoln.

The curator of the Lincoln Collection at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois, James Cornelius, told The Associated Press there’s no documentation of Lincoln ever saying the remark.

The same image and quote were also posted Sunday to the Republican National Committee’s Twitter account before being removed on Monday, although the post can still be seen on Trump’s Instagram account.

The RNC didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.

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