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‘I’M BACK!’: Trump posts first message on Truth Social

Trump’s post comes as Elon Musk sealed the deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion

April 29, 2022 2:17pm

Updated: April 29, 2022 4:39pm

“I’M BACK! #COVFEFE,” former president Donald Trump posted on Thursday for the first time on his social media app, TRUTH social, which launched two months ago.  

The #COVFEFE refers to a now-deleted tweet that the president posted in 2017, complaining about the press. The tweet went on to become a meme later on. 

"Despite the constant negative press covfefe," Trump said the original tweet that received more than 100,000 retweets and 100,000 likes before being deleted.

Trump’s post comes as Elon Musk sealed the deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion, a social media platform that had banned Trump for “inciting further violence” after a group of Trump supporters seized the U.S. Capitol on January 6. The former president was also suspended from Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.

The Tesla CEO has hinted that he might allow many extremists who were by Twitter to return to the platform. 

However, the former president told Fox News that he would not return to the social media platform even if Twitter reinstated his account. Instead, Trump vowed to use TRUTH social as the only platform “for his voice.” 

"I am not going on Twitter, I am going to stay on TRUTH," Trump told Fox News. "I hope Elon buys Twitter because he’ll make improvements to it and he is a good man, but I am going to be staying on TRUTH."

TRUTH social is a social media platform that belongs to the Trump Media & Technology Group. The app launched last month after being beta-tested by Former Representative Devin Nunes—also the company’s CEO—since February. 

"We’re taking in millions of people, and what we’re finding is that the response on TRUTH is much better than being on Twitter," Trump said. "Twitter has bots and fake accounts, and we are doing everything we can."