HELSINKI – Prime minister victim of hoax tweet

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin was framed for commenting on the recently published book “The Room Where It Happened” written by former US National Security Advisor, John Bolton, and for ridiculing US President Donald Trump in a tweet that went viral but that was soon proved to be a hoax. 

“John Bolton’s new book reveals that Trump thought Finland was under Russian control. Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin says ‘to be fair, we’ve thought the same thing about the United States since January 20, 2017’,” an account under the name of Lin Peace tweeted on Saturday (27 June). 

Within hours the tweet went viral. On Sunday (28 June) it had attracted over 120,000 “likes” and had been shared more than 35,000 times.

However, the Finnish Embassy in Washington and the Prime Minister’s Office in Helsinki were quick to deny that the PM had made any remarks concerning the book or its contents.

(Pekka Vänttinen |

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