A Marine who spoke at former president Donald Trump's rally in Georgia last weekend lied about pulling a baby over a wall in Afghanistan, according to a military spokesperson.
Lance Cpl. Hunter Clark, who's under investigation for taking part in political activities by speaking at the Trump rally, claimed he was the Marine shown in a viral video lifting the child over the wall at the Kabul airport.
"We're also honored to be joined by one of the Marines who bravely served in Kabul during the withdrawal — and helped evacuate children over ... the airport wall. You saw him. He did a great job," Trump said in introducing Clark, calling him a "handsome guy."
Clark then told the audience: "I am the guy that pulled the baby over the wall and it's definitely probably one of the greatest things I've ever done in my entire life."
CNN reported Friday that Kelton Cochran, a spokesman for the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, said in a statement: "Regarding the viral photo that began circulating around August 20, 2021, the Marine identified in that particular image was not LCpl Clark."
"The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) has initiated a command investigation regarding LCpl Hunter Clark's attendance at the event last weekend to determine if any DoD policies were violated," Cochran said, adding that "details pertaining to this incident are not releasable while the investigation is being conducted."
CNN noted that, "It's not clear if there are other instances of US troops hoisting babies over the wall at the Kabul airport."
Clark's mother, Peggy Clark, told CNN by phone that her son was "not going to comment" on the network's fact check of his story.
"He's asked that I not give out any information right now," Peggy Clark said. "He can't do any interviews or speak with anybody right now. I'm sorry. He's got to go through some things and when he gets the chance and can do that then I'm sure he'll make a statement."
On stage at a Trump rally a Marine claimed he's the one in the viral video lifting an infant over the airport wall.… https://t.co/1BsKb2CFDa— Brianna Keilar (@Brianna Keilar) 1633093034.0