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Former President Donald Trump has resorted to issuing statements from his post-White House office following his ban from most major social media platforms. In light of Nigeria’s ban of one of the platforms, Trump was mocked by social media users over his rant regarding Twitter.
Trump weighed in on Nigeria’s move to ban Twitter, saying that he regrets not being able to do the same to the platform in the US, including Facebook, while he was still president. It is an ironic statement at Trump has previously insulted the country and called it a “s*** hole.” The former president also called on other countries to ban the two social media platforms, citing that the platforms do not allow free speech.
The former president once again floated the idea of running for a second term in 2024 in his statement. Trump has all but to confirm a possible second run, but it appears to be slim given the number of legal challenges he is currently facing.
Nevertheless, many netizens mocked the former president for trying to comment on the issue. One commenter noted that Trump’s lack of shame and called the sudden compliments he gave himself by mentioning how Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg kept calling him to have dinner in the White House was “pathetic.” Another commenter said that the former president would do anything to stay in the spotlight amongst the media.
“Trump only wishes he could ban Twitter for banning him. He also wishes he was President. But he can’t, and he isn’t (while I smile as I tip a drink),” tweeted another netizen.
In other news, CNN reported that Trump’s Justice Department obtained a gag order for the news network that would keep the network’s executives from the government’s probe into reporter Barbara Starr’s email and other records in a possible leak investigation. The effort began as far back as July 2020 and was only unveiled until this week, almost a year since it started when a federal judge revealed parts of the case.
David Vigilante, the legal counsel for CNN, publicly explained that he could not disclose the details of the case even to Starr herself. Starr was among the reporters from other major news outlets Washington Post and the New York Times, whose records were seized by the government without their knowledge. It has yet to be determined why the Trump DOJ would take such actions.