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Donald Trump news today: Trump celebrates return to Facebook as Elaine Chao condemns his racist attacks

Trump set to return to social media after Meta ban lifted

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

In a statement to Truth Social where he called himself “beloved president” despite failing to win a second term, Trump said “this should never happen again to a sitting president or anyone else who is not worthy of retribution.”

Trump was denied access to the platforms for two years following the January 6, 2021 attacks on the US Capitol, fueled by his baseless claim that the 2020 election was “stolen” from him.

Nick Clegg, Meta’s president of international affairs, announced on Wednesday that he could return to the platforms, but new guardrails would be installed to “prevent repeat offences.”

Meanwhile, former president Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao issued a rare public rebuke after enduring the former president’s racist remarks about her and her husband, Trump’s GOP rival Mitch McConnell.


ICYMI: Trump orders House ‘arms’ panel to investigate his displeasure in video rants

In a video posted on his Truth Social platform on Wednesday, Trump called the new GOP-controlled House Judiciary Subcommittee, which will be chaired by Ohio State Representative Jim Jordan, “a rare chance to expose the breathtaking corruption of the security state, the media, and the Washington swamp.”

He then moved on to a list of “questions” that the commission should “hope… ask.”

Alex WoodwardJanuary 27, 2023 09:00


Elaine Chao: ‘Trump’s attacks say more about him than they ever say about Asian Americans’

For months, the former president unleashed a series of thinly veiled racist comments about his former transportation secretary, the wife of his party’s Senate leader, with relative silence from other GOP officials.

A few days after his last insult, Elaine Chao made a rare rebuke to her former boss:

Alex WoodwardJanuary 27, 2023 08:00


Here’s how George Santos can still be removed from office

IndependentJohn Bowden explains how a wave of ethics complaints and growing legal challenges can make life difficult for an on-alarm congressman, George Santos:

Alex WoodwardJanuary 27, 2023 07:00


ICYMI: National Archives Asks Former Presidents to Double Check for Unauthorized Recordings

The National Archives and Records Administration has asked representatives of former presidents and vice presidents since the Reagan administration to search their personal papers and collections for any records that should have been archived under the Presidential Records Act.

IndependentAndrew Feinberg reports from Washington:

Alex WoodwardJanuary 27, 2023 06:00


Trump condemned as ‘4 year old cheater’ over golf tournament claims: ‘Guy can’t even cheat anymore’

Sportswriter and writer Rick Reilly lambasted Donald Trump as a “fraudster” after the golf-loving former president won a competitive tournament earlier this week despite missing day one.

This is not the first time the ex sports illustrations the journalist accused Rump of cheating. He made similar statements in his book Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump.

“Saying ‘Donald Trump is cheating’ is like saying ‘Michael Phelps is swimming,” he wrote in his 2019 book.

“He cheats at the highest level. He cheats when people are watching and cheats when they are not. He cheats whether you like it or not. He cheats because that’s how he plays golf… if you play golf with him, he cheats,” he wrote.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 27, 2023 05:00


ICYMI: Trump sparks another racist attack on his transport secretary by unfoundedly linking it to the Biden papers

This week, Elaine Chao issued a rare chicanery against the former president after his latest attack, which groundlessly dragged her into accusations related to the Joe Biden classified documents case.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 27, 2023 04:00


Meta lays out specific rules that will apply to Donald Trump when he returns to Facebook and Instagram.

When or if Donald Trump returns to Facebook or Instagram, new “fences” will be applied to him, which are designed to prevent him from doing the same in the future.

Moreover, these rules will apply to other public figures.

Nick Clegg, Meta’s president for international affairs, announced this on his blog.

He said the former president would be subject to the Facebook and Instagram Community Standards just like any other user of the site. In the past, Meta and other social media platforms have been accused of treating public figures and lucrative site users differently from regular users.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 27, 2023 03:00


Secret documents found at Pence’s home include briefings for overseas travel: report

Briefings prepared for Mike Pence’s official international tours were reportedly among 12 classified documents found at the home of the former vice president.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 27, 2023 02:00


ICYMI: Trump furious at AT&T ‘radical left’ over ‘shameful’ move to ditch Newsmax

On Wednesday, US telecommunications giant AT&T announced that it would drop Newsmax from its DirecTV service, just as it had previously dropped the conspiracy theory-promoting right-wing One America News network.

Alex WoodwardJanuary 27, 2023 01:00


Eric Garcia: Why Adam Schiff and Katie Porter Won’t Wait for Feinstein When They Race for the California Senate

After Adam Schiff announced his race for the California Senate to replace Dianne Feinstein, IndependentWashington Governor Eric Garcia writes that while the state has become a hotbed of anti-Trump sentiment, voters may want to find a more pugnacious Democrat:

Alex WoodwardJanuary 27, 2023 00:00

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