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Fact Check: Did Donald Trump Use the Presidential Seal on a SAG-AFTRA Resignation Letter?

Newsweek logo Newsweek 2/5/2021 Julia Marnin
Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: US President Donald Trump addresses the nation from the Oval Office about the widening Coronavirus crisis on March 11, 2020 in Washington, DC. © Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images US President Donald Trump addresses the nation from the Oval Office about the widening Coronavirus crisis on March 11, 2020 in Washington, DC.

After Donald Trump heard that The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists' (SAG-AFTRA) disciplinary committee held a hearing to discuss revoking his membership, he issued a letter of resignation.


The letter said, in part, "This letter is to inform you of my immediate resignation from SAG-AFTRA. You have done nothing for me." Trump signed the letter "President Donald J. Trump."

SAG-AFTRA published the letter online Thursday and it has received wide reaction on Twitter with attention drawn to the seal Trump used.

The Claim

One Twitter user wrote Thursday: "Trump is calling himself 'president' and using the presidential seal as an ex-president," in a tweet that has gained more than 2,000 likes and almost 1,000 retweets.

The Facts

At the top of Trump's letter to SAG-AFTRA, there is a seal displayed, surrounded by the words "The Office of Donald J. Trump."

Santiago Mayer, executive director of the nonprofit Voters of Tomorrow, tweeted Thursday evening: "I don't know who needs to hear this, but using the Presidential Seal when you're not the President is illegal," and received more than 40,000 likes and more than 6,000 retweets.

He tweeted this while "Presidential Seal" was trending Thursday because of Trump's letter.

The seal Trump used is not the official presidential seal. However, it does look quite similar.

One Twitter user replied to Mayer's tweet by posting photos for comparison of the presidential seal, the Great Seal of the U.S., and Trump's seal.

"It's not quite the Presidential seal," the user wrote.

The presidential seal and Trump's seal contain the Latin "E pluribus unum" and an eagle in the center with its talons holding an olive branch and 13 arrows.

Despite the similarities, there are differences. One difference is that the presidential seal contains stars surrounding it, while Trump's seal has only three stars placed at the bottom.

The Ruling


Donald Trump did not use the presidential seal in his resignation letter to SAG-AFTRA.

He used his own seal for "The Office of Donald J. Trump" after recently establishing the Office of the Former President in Florida.

Trump's seal looks similar to the presidential seal but contains differences.

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