A bizarre claim that Donald Trump was born as Dawood Ibrahim Khan in Waziristan before being adopted by American family has emerged online.
“Believe it or not, presidential candidate Donald Trump was born in Pakistan and not in America,” the Urdu-language Neo News reported last month in a video clip that went viral after Trump’s election victory on November 8.
According to Pakistani news channel Neo News Trump was born as Dawood Ibrahim Khan in the now-Taliban-controlled Waziristan region of the country in 1954. After his parents were killed in a car accident, a British Indian Army captain took little Dawood to London, where the Trump family later adopted him and brought him to America in 1955, the report claimed.
Viewers immediately ridiculed the story, which was aired on Neo News last month before the election but has recently re-surfaced.
Following Tuesday’s election, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif congratulated Trump on his “historic” victory. The Pakistani leader said that Trump’s election “is indeed the triumph of the American people and their enduring faith in the ideals of democracy, freedom, human rights and free enterprise.”
Before presidential campaign Donald Trump had fuelled conspiracy theories that Obama was born outside the US and was thus ineligible to be president – despite the fact he was born In Hawaii. Later on in September Trump finally acknowledged for the first time that Obama was born in the United States. “President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period,” he told a nationally televised press conference in Washington, DC.