Donald Trump might return to Twitter and other social media platforms this month, a confidante of the former US President has said.
Trump is also reportedly in talks with Meta, whom he hopes will allow him back on Facebook. Trump was banned from several social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter in the aftermath of the Capitol Hill riot in January 2021.
Twitter lifted the former US President’s suspension late last year after the social media platform was taken over by Elon Musk. However, he remains barred from Twitter.
In the leadup to the 2024 presidential election, social media usage, which Trump has relied on extensively in the past for spreading his political message, may play a decisive role.
Trump to return to Twitter, Republican insider says
Despite having his account reinstated in November 2022, the former President has not yet posted a single tweet. Since being barred by the mainstream social media platforms, he has instead preferred to post on his own platform, Truth Social.
However, Trump may now be mulling over his long-anticipated return to Twitter. An anonymous Republican confidante to the former President has revealed that “Trump is probably coming back to Twitter. It’s just a question of how and when.”
“He’s been talking about it for weeks, but Trump speaks for Trump, so it’s anyone’s guess what he’ll do or say or when,” the Republican said.
Trump’s campaign team and advisers are now believed to be pondering what the content of his first post on Twitter should be. With their eyes on the 2024 election, social media will be a crucial element of the presidential campaign.
A return to Facebook as well?
The former President has also been planning a return to Facebook and has pressed Meta to reinstate his account and remove his suspension. In January 2021, when Trump was first barred from the platform, Facebook said that it would review the suspension after two years. The review date passed earlier this month on January 7th.
“We are talking to them, and we’ll see how it all works out,” Trump has said. “If they took us back, it would help them greatly, and that’s okay with me. But they need us more than we need them.”
Trump’s campaign also reportedly wrote to Meta on Tuesday. “We believe that the ban on President Trump’s account on Facebook has dramatically distorted and inhibited the public discourse,” the letter said, according to a copy obtained by NBC News.
According to NBC, the Trump campaign is not planning a lawsuit against Meta but has instead emphasized the importance of free speech in its communications with the social media company.
Trump’s campaign team has reportedly contacted Meta to request a “meeting to discuss President Trump’s prompt reinstatement to the platform.”