Twitter will hand over control of the US President’s official account to Joe Biden on January 20, whether or not Donald Trump has left the White House, it has been revealed.
President Donald Trump has yet to concede the White House to President-elect Joe Biden, but the POTUS Twitter account will be handed over to Biden anyway, according to Twitter.
“Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition of institutional White House Twitter accounts on January 20, 2021,” Twitter spokesperson Nick Pacilio told Politico.
President Donald Trump (pictured August 8) has yet to concede the White House to President-elect Joe Biden, but the POTUS Twitter account will be handed over to Biden anyway, according to Twitter
Trump has tweeted 10,900 times since taking control of the POTUS account in January 2017, but all of his messages will be archived and an account with no tweets will be forwarded to Biden on January 20.
Twitter said there would be no need to share information between the outgoing and incoming presidency teams.
But that will likely make little difference to Trump, who has more than double the number of followers on his personal @realDonaldTrump account.
POTUS has 32.8 million subscribers, while realDonaldTrump, established in 2009, has 88.9 million.
But as soon as the presidency is transferred to Biden, Trump will lose the protection of Twitter’s “world leaders” policy – which allowed tweets that broke the rules to remain with a warning.
As soon as the presidency is handed over to Biden (pictured November 16), Trump will lose the protection of Twitter’s ‘world leaders’ policy – which allowed rule-breaking tweets to remain in place with a warning
POTUS has 32.8 million subscribers, while realDonaldTrump, established in 2009, has 88.9 million. Pictured is the New York Stock Exchange Twitter logo
Other accounts to transfer to the next administration include @WhiteHouse, @VP, and @FLOTUS. First Lady Melania Trump has tweeted only 1,297 times in the past four years, while Vice President Mike Pence has tweeted 9,294 times.
When President Barack Obama left the White House in 2017, the administration’s Twitter accounts were archived and left with the management of the National Archives and Records Administration. Obama’s tweets are now kept under the pseudonym @ POTUS44.
An @ POTUS45 account has already been created, presumably as a placeholder for official Trump tweets as president.
Yesterday Trump returned to the White House briefing room for the first time since the election – and once again claimed he had “won” despite Biden being behind by millions of votes.
President Donald Trump looked exhausted when he spoke about the drop in prescription drug prices on November 20, 2020, in the Brady Briefing Room
Looking exhausted, the president lambasted Pfizer and “Big Pharma” – though he misstated the company name, calling it “FISA”, for announcing the vaccine’s dramatic breakthrough after the election.
“The big pharmaceutical industry threw millions of dollars in negative ads against me during the campaign – which I won, by the way, but you know, we’ll find out. Almost 74 million votes, ”Trump said.
At last count, President-elect Joe Biden got nearly 80 million votes – more than Trump.
“We had a big pharmaceutical industry against us. We had the media against us. We had big technology against us. We had dishonesty against us, ”blurted Trump.
The president also accused the pharmaceutical companies of holding out until the end of the election, without providing any evidence as to why they did so.
“So they waited and waited and waited and they thought they would come out a few days after the election. And that probably would have had an impact. Who knows that probably wouldn’t have been the case, ”he said.
“Of course the Democrats would have found the ballots somewhere,” he theorized – alluding to his claims of “rigged” elections.
“These corrupt games will not stop us from doing what is right for the American people,” Trump said.