When President-elect Donald Trump loses the -elect suffix and becomes president of the United States, he’s going to become @POTUS, as well.
According to the Washington Examiner, the president-elect, well known for his Twitter usage, is also going to take over Barack Obama’s @POTUS username when he becomes the 45th President of the United States.
Dan Scavino, the Trump administration’s incoming director of social media, held that position with the campaign. He posted a message saying that the account “will be made available to our 45th president of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump, on Jan. 20, 2017.”
“The account will retain its 13 million followers and start with no tweets on the timeline,” Scavino added.
“@POTUS44, a newly created handle maintained by (the National Archives), will contain all of President Obama’s tweets and will be accessible to the public on Twitter as an archive of President Obama’s use of the account,” the White House announced.
A similar process will happen for all of Barack Obama’s presidential social media accounts, as well as the accounts of Vice President Joe Biden and first lady Michelle Obama.
While social media have arguably existed since the 1980s and 1990s, when bulletin board systems and Internet Relay Chat became popular, it wasn’t until the advent of Twitter and Facebook that major power players in Washington began using it as anything more than a passing fad.
And no political player in or outside of Washington has been as candid on social media as Donald Trump, especially when it comes to Twitter.
In an appearance on Sunday’s “This Week” on ABC, incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that while the president-elect might be a little bit more guarded on Twitter when he takes office, he’s still going to be the same Donald you know and love on social media.
“You know, with all due respect, I think it freaks the mainstream media out that he has this following of over 45-plus million people that follow him on social media, that he can have a direct conversation. He doesn’t have to have it funneled through the media,” Spicer said.
“You know what, the fact of the matter is that, when he tweets, he gets results,” he added. “So whether it’s Twitter, holding a news conference, picking up the phone, having a meeting, he is going to make sure that he continues to fight for the American people every single day.”
And he’s going to take that fight to the @POTUS account, too.
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