Elon Musk denies that Trump encouraged him to buy Twitter

Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks to media representatives at the Tesla Gigafactory construction site in Grünheide near Berlin on September 3, 2020.

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Elon Musk on Friday flatly denied a request from the former president’s chief Donald Trumpthe new social media company that Trump had encouraged Musk’s offer to buy Twitter.

“This is false,” Musk tweeted in response an article in the New York Post on that statement by Truth Media & Technology Group CEO Devin Nunes.

“I have not had any communication, direct or indirect, with Trump, who has publicly stated that he will be exclusively on Truth Social,” wrote Musk, the head of Tesla and SpaceX.

Nunes, during a televised appearance on Fox Business, claimed that Trump’s social media app, Truth Social, was “all for” Musk’s move to buy. Twitter and take it privately with a $ 44 billion offer – a somewhat disturbing claim since Twitter is a competitor of Truth Social.

“President Trump, practically before Elon Musk bought it, actually said to go buy it because you know our company’s goal is really to build a community where people are in a safe and family-friendly environment. “Nunes, a former California Republican Congressman, said during the apparition.

Twitter banned Trump, who had been an obsessive user of the messaging app, in January 2021 for what the company said was “the risk of further incitement to violence.”

The ban followed the January 6, 2021 Capitol uprising by a crowd of Trump supporters that halted the certification of the election of President Joe Biden.

Trump announced plans to launch Truth Social as a Twitter competitor last fall and said his social media company would go public through a deal with the so-called blank check company. Digital World Acquisition Corp.

On April 25, Twitter accepted Musk’s offer to buy the company, which is subject to shareholder and regulatory approval.

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Nunes, during his interview with Fox Business, suggested that Trump’s alleged impulse to Musk to buy Twitter connected with Truth Social’s mission.

“That’s why we encouraged Elon Musk to buy it, because someone has to keep facing these tech tyrants,” Nunes said. “Donald Trump wanted to make sure the American people got their voices back and that the Internet was open and that’s what we’re doing.”

“And so people like Elon Musk doing what he’s doing, you know we’re definitely in favor,” Nunes said.

at the end of April, Trump told CNBC’s Joe Kernen that he wouldn’t be back on Twitter even if Musk took over and lifted the ban on him.

“No, I’m not going back to Twitter,” said Trump, who had nearly 90 million Twitter followers before the ban.

“I’ll be on Truth Social within the week. It’s on schedule. We have a lot of people signed up,” Trump said.

“I like Elon Musk. I like him very much. He is an excellent individual. We did a lot for Twitter when I was in the White House. I was disappointed with the way I was treated by Twitter. I will not go back to Twitter,” he said.

Statistics show that Trump, who as president recorded an average of eight tweets per day in the latter half of 2017 and the first half of 2018, has steadily increased that average in subsequent years. He finished with an average of 34 tweets per day in his last semester in office, before being banned.

On Truth Social, Trump had posted a so-called “Truth” or “ReTruthed” post by another user as of Friday less than 30 combined times in the past two months. Almost all of those posts were published last week.