Trump news today: Meta to reinstate his Facebook and Instagram as 2024 campaign gears up

Trump news today: Meta to reinstate his Facebook and Instagram as 2024 campaign gears up

Trump set to return to social media as Meta lifts ban

Donald Trump celebrated his return to Facebook and Instagram on Wednesday after parent company Meta announced that its decision to reinstate the former president’s accounts in the “coming weeks”.

In a statement on Truth Social – where he described himself as the “favorite president” despite failing to be elected to a second term – Mr Trump claimed that “such a thing should never again happen to a sitting President, or anybody else who is not serving of retribution”.

Mr Trump was banned from Facebook and Instagram for two years in the wake of the Januayr 6 Capitol riot.

Nick Clegg, Meta’s president of global affairs, announced on Wednesday that he can return to the platforms but that there will be new guard rails put in place to “deter repeat offenses”.

The decision has divided opinion, with Rep Adam Schiff condemning Facebook for “caving”.

“Trump incited an insurrection. And tried to stop the peaceful transfer of power. He’s shown no remorse. No contrition. Giving him back access to a social media platform to spread his lies and demagoguery is dangerous. @facebook caved, giving him a platform to do more harm,” he tweeted.

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Elaine Chao responds to Trump’s barrage of racist attacks

For months, Donald Trump has unleashed a string of thinly veiled racist comments about his former transportation secretary, the wife of his party’s Senate leader, to relative silence from other GOP officials.

Days after his latest abuse, Elaine Chao issued a rare rebuke against the former president amid rising reports of anti-Asian hate and shocking acts of violence impacting Asian American communities.

“When I was young, some people deliberately misspelled or mispronounced my name. Asian Americans have worked hard to change that experience for the next generation,” she said in a statement. “He doesn’t seem to understand that, which says a whole lot more about him than he will ever say about Asian Americans.”

Alex WoodwardJan 26, 2023 2:20 p.m.

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VOICES: Banning Donald Trump from social media was always a terrible idea

“Donald Trump is an appalling human being – and that is why I want to hear what he has to say. Keeping him off social media doesn’t shut him up or make him disappear. He’s probably the worst thing to have hit the civilized world since the Second World War. But… he matters. We know that.

“…. There’s still a chance he could be president of the United States in about two years’ time. So, yes, I would like to know exactly what is on his mind.”

Sean O’Grady writes for The Independent:

Rachel Sharp26 January 2023 14:00

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Marjorie Taylor Greene positioning to be Trump’s VP’

Former Trump White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who hosts a podcast on which the Georgia Republican representative has appeared, told NBC News that “this is no shrinking violet, she’s ambitious, she’s not shy about that, nor should she be”.

Gustaf Kilander has the story.

Oliver O’ConnellJan 26, 2023 1:30 p.m.

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‘Ridiculous joke’: Critics respond to Meta’s decision on Trump accounts

Predictably there was a wave of negative responses to the news that Meta was reinstating the former president after banning him two years ago.

Graig Graziosi reports on the reaction to the announcement.

Oliver O’Connell26 January 2023 13:00

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It’s OK for leaders to keep state secrets. Just not at home.

The highest US secrets, it now appears, are not necessarily safe with the highest officials. Not when they’re in the hands of Trump, who disdains the rules and customs of government, and not in the hands of Biden and Pence, who subscribe to them.

Namita Singh26 January 2023 12:35

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Cruz called out for wildly different reactions to Pence and Biden documents cases

Texas Senator Ted Cruz is being blasted for his two very different reactions to the discoveries of classified documents at the homes of President Joe Biden and former Vice President Mike Pence.

Gustaf Kilander reports on the senator’s apparent hypocrisy.

Namita SinghJan 26, 2023 11:55 a.m.

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Trump mocks Meta in response to decision to reinstate him on Facebook

Donald Trump has reacted to the news of Meta’s decision to reinstate his Facebook and Instagram accounts by posting on Truth Social, his own platform set up following his ban from mainstream social media.

The former president wrote:

FACEBOOK, which has lost Billions of Dollars in value since “deplatforming” your favorite President, me, has just announced that they are reinstating my account. Such a thing should never again happen to a sitting President, or anybody else who is not serving of retribution! THANK YOU TO TRUTH SOCIAL FOR DOING SUCH AN INCREDIBLE JOB. YOUR GROWTH IS OUTSTANDING, AND FUTURE UNLIMITED!!!

Mr Trump has 4.84 million followers on Truth Social, whereas he had an audience of approximately 34 million on Facebook and 23 million on Instagram.

Namita SinghJan 26, 2023 11:15 a.m.

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Meta accused of giving Trump ‘platform to do more harm’

Congressman Adam Schiff, a member of the January 6 committee and a sharp critic of Donald Trump, accused the company of giving the former president a “platform to do more harm.”

“Trump incited an insurrection. And tried to stop the peaceful transfer of power,” the California Democrat wrote on Twitter today.

“He’s shown no remorse. No contrition. Giving him back access to a social media platform to spread his lies and demagoguery is dangerous. Facebook caved.”

Namita SinghJan 26, 2023 10:35 a.m.

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Read Meta’s statement in full

Facebook parent company Meta has announced that former President Donald Trump will be reinstated on Facebook and Instagram, ending a ban on his accounts following the January 6 riot at the US Capitol.

Nick Clegg, Meta’s president of global affairs, released a statement on the company’s website on Wednesday evening. Read his statement in full:

Namita SinghJan 26, 2023 9:55 a.m.

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Woman pleads guilty to sending ricin to Trump

A Canadian woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to mailing a threatening letter containing the poison ricin to then-President Donald Trump at the White House.

The letter from Pascale Ferrier directing Trump to “give up and remove your application for this election,” was intercepted at a mail sorting facility in September 2020, before it could reach the White House.

Namita SinghJan 26, 2023 9:15 a.m.

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