A digital advertisement released by the fundraising arm of the Trump campaign asking people to support US troops features Russian jets, according to Politico magazine.
“That’s definitely a MiG-29,” Pierre Sprey, who helped design both the F-16 and A-10 planes for the U.S. Air Force, told Politico regarding the photo in the ad. “I’m glad to see it’s supporting our troops.”
The digital ad was made by the Trump Make America Great Again Committee and ran from Sept. 8 to Sept. 12. It features the silhouette of soldiers standing beneath the jets.
Director of the Centre for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies in Moscow Ruslan Pukhov confirmed in an interview that the advertisement features Russian fighter jets Russian MiG-29 and an AK-74 assault rifle.
Trump's reputation has been marred by recent rumors that he called the fallen US soldiers as "losers" and "suckers". He has also been accused of not taking action against a report that Russia paid a bounty to Afghanistan's Taliban to execute US soldiers.
It is not uncommon for advertising campaigns to incorrectly source images from other countries in their messaging. In July, the Trump campaign used an image from the 2014 pro-democracy protest in Ukraine to show a police officer under assault in the ''chaos and violence'' of the summer’s demonstrations.