Donald Trump Aide Hints at Former President's Social Media Return After Blog Shuts

A senior adviser to Donald Trump has hinted that the former president may resurface on a new social media platform, after his blog was shut down on Wednesday.

Jason Miller, a member of Trump's 2016 and 2020 campaign teams, made the suggestion in response to a tweet by conservative pundit Amy Tarkanian.

She posted on Wednesday: "'The Desk of Donald J. Trump' section of President Trump's website has been removed and will not be returning per @JasonMillerinDC. Perhaps this is a precursor to him joining another social media platform?"

Miller replied: "Yes, actually, it is. Stay tuned!"

Newsweek has contacted Miller and Trump's team for further comment.

Trump launched the blog at the beginning of May. After it was shut down, Miller told CNBC that it was "just auxiliary to the broader efforts we have and are working on." He declined to give details, but said he wanted to provide more information "soon."

People trying to access the blog now see a web form asking for their contact information to receive updates via email or text message.

Previous reports have indicated that the former president will be launching his own social media platform in the coming months.

Miller—who was named White House communications director after Trump's 2016 election, but backed out before the inauguration when it was reported that he had had an affair with another campaign adviser—said in March that this platform would "be big once he starts." The adviser added that "there have been a lot of high-powered meetings" with multiple companies.

Trump was permanently banned from Twitter and indefinitely banned from Facebook, Instagram and YouTube after the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol by his supporters. Democrats accused him of inciting the siege on the building that houses Congress and the Senate. Trump repeatedly used his social media accounts to post unsubstantiated claims about election fraud after his defeat in November 2020.

In a January blog post, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote: "The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden."

Zuckerberg added that the company believed the risk of allowing Trump to continue using Facebook during the transition period was "simply too great."

Before Trump's bans, he had tens of millions of social media followers. The "From the Desk of Donald J. Trump" blog hasn't been engaging nearly as many people, NBC reported on May 11, citing data compiled with analytics company BuzzSumo.

Trump's supporters have long accused the social media giants of censorship and left-leaning bias.

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Donald Trump in a car leaving Trump Tower in Manhattan on May 18. A senior adviser to the former president has hinted that he may resurface via a new social media platform. James Devaney/Getty