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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Trump’s predicament … a mistake that ends his term, and Twitter continues his war on his supporters

The US State Department’s website reported prematurely that President Donald Trump’s term ended Monday, while Twitter continues its battle against Trump supporters, at a time when the resignations have continued since the storming of the Capitol.

The US State Department amended Trump’s official biography page that “Donald J. Trump’s term ended on 11/1/2021 at 19.49”, before the page was deleted and its browsers referred to a message stating that a technical error had occurred, noting that the White House website had not witnessed any Amendment regarding the mandate or identity of the President.

“Buzzfeed” website quoted two diplomats, who asked not to be identified, that an “angry employee” in the State Department had modified the biographies of the president and the vice president, and that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requested an internal investigation to determine the identity of the perpetrator. The Foreign Ministry did not comment on the subject.

On the other hand, Twitter continues its “war” against Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol, announcing that it had “permanently froze” more than 70,000 accounts linked to “Q-Annon”, the far-right movement that believes in conspiracy theory and supports outgoing President Donald Trump.

“Due to the violent events in Washington DC, and the increased risk of harm, we have started, as of Friday afternoon, a final suspension of thousands of accounts that were primarily dedicated to sharing Q-Anon content,” Twitter said in a statement.

According to the statement, “These accounts were sharing, on a large scale, dangerous content associated with Q-Anon. They were mainly devoted to spreading these conspiracy theories throughout the entire network.” Twitter had “permanently” suspended Trump’s account, citing the risk of a “new incitement to violence” from the outgoing US president.

Acting US Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf resigned. In a letter he sent Monday to state employees, Wolf said that his resignation came due to “recent events”, including legal challenges over the validity of his appointment, and that he had originally intended to work until the end of the Trump administration.

Since riots broke out in the Capitol building last week, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Transportation Secretary Eileen Chau have resigned from their posts.

This comes at a time when a senior US administration source confirmed to “CBS News” that Donald Trump and his deputy, Mike Pence, held talks yesterday evening (local time) in the Oval Office, in the first meeting between them since supporters of Trump stormed the Congress building last week.

The source described the conversation as “fine.” The station also quoted a former official close to Pence as saying that the vice president is “frustrated and disappointed.” The source added that Pence had never seriously considered using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

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