- A photo of Russian fighter jets was used in an ad from President Donald Trump's campaign calling on Americans to "support our troops".
- The ad shows five soldiers marching while three Russian Air Force MiG-29 jets fly overhead. Politico reported.
- The photo is found for download on the Shutterstock, Politico stock image website.
- The ad ran from September 8th to 12th and, according to Google data, was viewed around 10,000 times.
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An advertisement from President Donald Trump's campaign calling on Americans to support US troops contained images of Russian fighter jets.
The online ad, paid for by the Trump Make America Great Again Committee September 8-12, showed five soldiers going under three fighter jets next to the tagline: "Support Our Troops."
However, the jets in the picture are not used by the US Air Force.
Pierre Sprey, an engineer who designed jets for the Air Force, said Politico that the planes in the photo are actually Russian Air Force MiG-29 jets.
"I'm glad to see that it supports our troops," he said.
The image of the jets and soldiers can be downloaded royalty-free from the Stock Image website Shutterstock, Politico reported.
Ruslan Pukhov, the director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies in Moscow, also told Politico that the soldier on the far right in the ad is carrying an AK-74 rifle, a weapon developed by the Soviet Union.
Data from the google transparency report shows the picture was viewed about 10,000 times and the Trump Make America Great Again committee cost less than $ 100,000.
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment. Politico said neither the Trump campaign nor the Republican National Committee had responded to his request for comment.
In July, the Trump campaign also used a 2014 picture of protests in Ukraine in a Facebook ad to depict "Mayhem & Violence" in the US.
Trump has only just emerged from a week-long controversy over his treatment of the U.S. armed forces.
A September 3 article from the Atlantic reported that Trump labeled US soldiers who died in World War I "losers" and "fools", causing many top performers US military figures and officials to convict the president. Trump denied coverage by The Atlantic, but other outlets – including Fox News – have since confirmed it.
In addition, 49 days before the 2020 election, Russia was accused of trying to sway the vote in Trump's favor.
On July 24, William Evanina, director of the National Counter-Espionage and Security Center, said that "Russia", through a number of efforts, including internet trolls and other agents, is continuing to spread disinformation in the US that is designed to undermine the confidence of our democratic people Process. "
US officials have warned that Russian intelligence has created and targeted Americans with news articles spreading misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic and attacking Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
The Trump campaign has been freely spent to date in 2020 and had a $ 200 million head start on the campaign funds it had over Biden's team.
Trump was reportedly considering putting $ 100 million of his own funds into the campaign war chest. During the 2016 campaign, he spent $ 66 million of his own money.