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Former President Donald Trump on Monday declined to confirm reports that he’s poised to make a social media comeback, but said that in the meantime, he’s enjoying emailed press releases more than his former Twitter feed.
“We have a lot of options and something will happen with social media if I want it to happen,” Trump said in an interview with Greg Kelly on Newsmax.
Trump senior adviser Jason Miller told Fox News on Sunday that ”I do think we’re going to see President Trump returning to social media in probably about two or three months here with his own platform.”
But Trump, who formerly issued headline-grabbing tweets around the clock, insisted to Kelly he’s actually enjoyed his break from social media after Twitter, and Facebook, deplatformed him following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. He said the companies did him “a favor.”
“I have tremendous options because you know I had probably 200 — more than 200 million people when you add it all up, and that’s a lot. That’s record setting stuff and all of a sudden they decide, it’s too many people, and so they cut it off,” Trump said.
“I’m doing, I think and you just alluded to it, I do press releases. And frankly, they’re more elegant than tweeting, as the expression goes, they’re really much more elegant and the word is getting out.”
Trump said that emailing statements “takes less time. It’s probably a better form and everyone’s waiting for it.”
“You know, for me it works. For other people, it wouldn’t work because a press release doesn’t mean that much,” Trump added.
“But when I release — you know when I put out a press release, you see what happens. Everybody is waiting and I think I’m getting better and more coverage with that than I did with tweeting. And the tweeting gets you in trouble because you’re retweeting people and you find out that the retweets were not so good because the person, if you didn’t do research, that you’re retweeting isn’t the best. So it gets you a little difficulty every once in a while. But no, I like this better than Twitter. Actually they did us a favor, this is better.”
Trump was asked if his next foray into social media would be with help from Peter Thiel, the Paypal co-founder and early Facebook investor, who was a supporter of his 2016 campaign. He appeared to rule it out.
“Well, Peter is a great guy. He’s been a supporter and he’s a brilliant man from, you know, Silicon Valley, essentially. And he’s done a tremendous job. But no, I have tremendous options,” Trump said.
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