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Sanna Marin at centre of Twitter storm after fictitious claim she commented on Bolton book

A twitter user made a bogus assertion that the PM had joked that the US was under Russian influence.

Pääministeri Sanna Marin puhuu medialle.
Prime Minister Sanna Marin speaking to the media in Helsinki on 23 June. Image: Vesa Moilanen / Lehtikuva

A Twitter account falsely claiming that Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin had commented on a behind-the-scenes book written by US President Donald Trump's former National Security Adviser John Bolton is electrifying the twittersphere.

The book claims Trump once asked his chief of staff whether Finland was a part of Russia.

On Saturday, a Twitter user calling themselves Lin Peace suggested Marin to have wondered whether the US was under Russian control since January 20, 2017, the date Trump was inaugurated as president.

Helena Liikanen-Renger, press counselor at the Finnish Embassy in Washington DC, quickly took to the microblogging platform on Saturday to rebut the tweet.

The tweet has attracted some 120,000 likes and has been shared over 35,000 times.

On Sunday Päivi Anttikoski, a spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Office, also weighed in, saying Marin had not commented on Bolton’s book and that the claim was false.

"Prime Minister Marin has not at any point commented on matters related to John Bolton’s book. The tweet that spread in the US yesterday is not true," Anttikoski tweeted.

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