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Photo of President Trump saving cats after hurricane is really an Iowa man

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A picture circulating the internet of President Trump wading through floodwaters in Texas to save two cats, turns out to be fake. 

The photo has been seen and shared thousands of times online, many believing it was real. 

"This is my President Donald Trump. I love this man and I admire him. He is just a brilliant normal guy with huge heart," wrote one person. 

While the President and first lady did go to Texas after Hurricane Harvey, the real picture of the cat rescue was taken by a Des Moines Register photographer during the 2008 flood in Cedar Rapids. 

President Trump's head was just recently Photoshopped onto the man's body. 

We tracked the man in the photo down to get the real story behind the picture. 

"It was up to about my chest when I got there, by the time I got the cats I was starting to swim," says Brandon Smith, a 2008 flood victim that now lives in Camanche.

Smith and his wife lost everything in the flood, with several feet of water in their home near Taylor Elementary. 

One of the cats in the photo is still alive, the other just recently died. 

Smith says he has seen the picture used many times before with different captions, but the President Trump version is the best he has seen. 

"You couldn't quite tell this it was truly a  Photoshop initially," he told us. 

 "It's nice to see that people can find a little bit more humor in a bad situation you know it sucks that it has to be in that type of situation but it's still funny," Smith says. 


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