Former President Donald J. Trump has completely removed himself from the Internet.
Still banned from Twitter and Facebook and trying to influence reporting since leaving office, Trump decided on Wednesday to close his do-it-yourself alternative to Donald J. Trump’s desk. “
Mr Trump was frustrated after hearing from friends that the website had low traffic and made him look small and irrelevant, such a person familiar with his way of thinking.
The site, which cost a few thousand dollars to build and was put together for Mr. Trump by a company owned by former campaign manager Brad Parscale, was intended to be an online hub for supporters to view and communicate with statements from the former president.
“In a time of silence and lies, a beacon of freedom arises,” advertised a video that the platform presented last month. “A place to speak freely and confidently. Straight from Donald J. Trump’s desk. “
Last month after that The Washington Post reported Post That the blog attracted virtually no readers, Trump downplayed its purpose and called it a stopgap until he figured out what came next.
“This is meant to be a temporary way to get my thoughts and ideas out to the public without a fake news spin, but the website is not a ‘platform,'” he said in a statement. “It’s just a way of communicating until I decide what the future of choosing or setting up a platform will be.”
Some people in his small circle of advisors said Wednesday they were frustrated with his decision to close it. Others tried to make it more positive.
Jason Miller, a consultant, said on Twitter that the decision to suspend the blog was a forerunner for Mr. Trump to join another social media platform.
“Yes, it actually is,” he wrote when asked if the move meant Mr Trump would return to social media in a different form. “Stay tuned!”