During a GOP fundraiser in a town that hosts one of his golf courses, Donald Trump claimed Lake Norman is “the largest man-made lake in the world” — and got brutally fact-checked by a local newspaper.
The Charlotte Observer reported Friday that Lake Norman, the ritzy lake and town located just north of the large banking city, is “by far” not the largest man-made lake in the world.
The reservoir managed by Duke Energy is the largest artificial lake entirely within the state’s borders, the report noted.
Though there is some disagreement about which of the world’s man-made lakes is the largest, NASA confirms that Lake Kariba, which runs on the border of Zambia and Zibabwe, is one of the largest at 2,150 square miles. Lake Norman, meanwhile, does not even make the top 10 in the world, the report noted.
The Observer added that Trump likely “thinks well” of Lake Norman because it’s home to one of his golf clubs — a fact he admitted in audio the newspaper acquired from the fundraiser.
“I actually have investments in Charlotte,” Trump said, adding that “fake news” will call his decision to attend fundraisers in an area where he does business “fake news.”
“You know where my club is, right? ” the president asked the crowd at the Central Piedmont Community College on Friday afternoon. “Trump National. It’s a very big success on Lake Norman. Beautiful. Largest man-made lake in the world by far, right?”
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