Donald Trump has furiously claimed an image showing him with a dramatic orange tan is ‘fake news’ and has been photoshopped.
The US President has been widely mocked by social media users after the snap was posted by the unofficial Twitter account White House Photos on Friday.
The original picture showing the Commander-in-Chief walking to the Oval Office was taken by photographer William Moon, a reported Trump-enthusiast who attends press events.
Many Twitter users began mocking Trump using the #orangeface hashtag and comparing his appearance to cats, corgis, Mrs Doubtfire and the Oompa Loompas from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
One meme included the caption: ‘Tupperware after you store spaghetti in it.’
Another quipped that Trump’s look was ‘girls before YouTube make up tutorials’.
One Twitter user added: ‘Nobody tell him that his foundation doesn’t match his face.’
But Trump hit back in a trademark Twitter rant in which he claimed the black-and-white photo had been digitally altered.
‘This was photoshopped, obviously, but the wind was strong and the hair looks good? Anything to demean!’
Following Trump’s claims, Mr Moon tweeted that the photo was not ‘photoshopped’ but he had used the ‘Apple smartphone’s photo app to adjust the color of the picture’.
Moon is not employed by the White House and is not a member of the White House News Photographers Association.
His Twitter bio reads: ‘White House Correspondent, Journalist, Photographer, Poet and Pesco Vegetarian.’
Similar pictures of Trump at the same time taken by official photographers clearly show a tan line, but the colour is not as dramatic.
A Washington Post investigation into the photo concluded that a bronzer, or artificial tanner, led to the orange hue on Trump’s face.