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Trump shuts down blog in alleged plan to join another social media platform: Aide

The page “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump” has been removed from Trump’s website and “will not be returning,” his senior aide Jason Miller said.

Former President Donald Trump has shut down his blog after less than a month as he moves toward what a senior aide described as his plan to join another social media platform. Trump senior adviser Jason Miller confirmed Wednesday that “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump” has been shuttered after less than a month. “It was just auxiliary to the broader efforts we have and are working on,” Miller said. As word spread, former Nevada Republican Party Chairwoman Amy Tarkanian asked on Twitter whether the shutdown was a “precursor to him joining another social media platform.” Miller replied: “Yes, actually, it is. Stay tuned!”

Miller said in March that the president plans to launch his own social-media platform after being booted off Twitter and Facebook following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Trump used the “desk” blog to allow his followers to share his statements more directly on social media, but Miller clarified that the “Desk” page was “a great resource” to find Trump’s statements, “but this is not a new social media platform” [Washington Times].

Trump was banned from practically all major social media platforms after the Capitol riot on January 6th. Trump, who never conceded to President Joe Biden, repeatedly claimed on social media after the Nov. 3 election that the race had been stolen from him by widespread fraud. He and many conservatives have long claimed that social media giants have used their platforms for political censorship. Since then, Trump has been issuing statements on his “DonaldJTrump.com” website, including three on Memorial Day, under the “News” category [CNBC].

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: THE ECONOMIC TIMES

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