Twitter has indicated in a recent statement that they plan on handing over the presidential @POTUS Twitter handle to President-elect Joe Biden the moment he’s sworn into office at noon on Inauguration Day, even if President Donald Trump refuses to concede.
In a statement emailed to Politico on Friday, Twitter spokesperson Nick Pacilio said, “Twitter is actively preparing to support the transition of White House institutional Twitter accounts on January 20th, 2021. As we did for the presidential transition in 2017, this process is being done in close consultation with the National Archives and Records Administration.”
The company says that no information will be carried along with the account when it transfers. The Biden team will be getting a fresh account with zero tweets and an empty inbox.
However, this may not be such a huge deal for Trump, considering that he has a separate personal Twitter account @realDonaldTrump, which has far more followers than the @POTUS account, and it is also where he did most of his tweeting.
However, both accounts currently have protections under Twitter’s “world leaders” policy, which allows rule-breaking tweets to remain up, with warning labels, instead of deleting the tweet or account entirely.
Once he leaves office, Trump will face more restrictions on Twitter if he continues to get in trouble for his posts. According to a report this week from Bloomberg, Twitter confirmed that Trump’s account will fall under the same rules as everyone else when he leaves office.
There are many cases where Trump is currently given a pass for violating Twitter’s rules because the company feels that world leaders should have their views on record so they can be judged accordingly. If he breaks Twitter’s rules too often, which includes inciting violence or spreading misinformation, Trump could see his account banned or heavily restricted.
“A critical function of our service is providing a place where people can openly and publicly respond to their leaders and hold them accountable. With this in mind, there are certain cases where it may be in the public’s interest to have access to certain tweets, even if they would otherwise be in violation of our rules,” a Twitter spokesman said in a statement.
“It’s preserving a record of what is said in the public interest,” said Vijaya Gadde, a lawyer for Twitter previously said.
Meanwhile, there is still widespread speculation of how the transfer of power will take place, and what Trump has planned for after the White House.
Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, has said that he does not expect a concession speech from Trump, and thinks that he will not return to the White House after Christmas, and will not be present for Biden’s inauguration.
However, others close to Trump believe that he plans on remaining an influential force in the Republican Party for the rest of his life.
Some reports have suggested that Trump could launch a television network or continue to host rallies, or perhaps both. Rick Gates, an aide to Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign, expects Trump to remain in politics for the long haul
Gates also said Trump would likely “seriously consider another run in 2024,” according to USA Today.
Gates is not the only Trump insider to make such a prediction. Mick Mulvaney, a former chief of staff, predicted a Trump 2024 campaign recently while appearing in a recent interview.