Fact Check: Trump Did NOT Post Tweet Thanking Elon Musk For Bringing Him Back To Twitter -- He's Still Suspended

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  • by: Christiana Dillard
Fact Check: Trump Did NOT Post Tweet Thanking Elon Musk For Bringing Him Back To Twitter -- He's Still Suspended Satire

Did former President Donald Trump dedicate a tweet to billionaire businessman Elon Musk on April 15, 2022, as a thank you for allowing him back on Twitter? No, that's not true: Trump's account @realDonaldTrump is still suspended as of April 15, 2022. Additionally, there is no evidence that Musk is in a position to bring Trump's account back: although Musk bought a significant stake in Twitter and made an offer to purchase the social media platform, he is not the owner at the time of writing.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post (archived here) published on April 14, 2022. It featured a graphic of what seemed to be a tweet from Trump's suspended account @realDonaldTrump posted on April 15, 2022, at 8 a.m. The "tweet" read:

It's good to be back, Thanks Elon!

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Fri Apr 15 15:02 2022 UTC)

The graphic of the "tweet" featured in the Facebook post was an internet creation. @realDonaldTrump was permanently suspended by Twitter on January 8, 2021, and was still suspended at the time of writing. Additionally, there was a glaring chronological issue with the graphic: the "tweet" was supposedly posted on April 15, 2022, while the Facebook post that featured the graphic of the "tweet" was published a day earlier, on April 14, 2022.

Further, Musk has not reinstated suspended Twitter accounts. Although he bought a large stake in Twitter and is seeking to purchase the company and take it private, he does not appear to have the power to single-handedly bring Trump's account back at the time of writing.

Lead Stories has previously clarified satirical claims about Musk's involvement in Twitter's business here and here.

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  Christiana Dillard

Christiana Dillard is a former news writer for Temple University’s Lew Klein College of Media and Communication. She received her undergraduate degree in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a freelance writer for several organizations including the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, Pitt Magazine, and The Heinz Endowments. When she’s not producing or studying media she’s binging it, watching YouTube videos or any interesting series she can find on streaming services.

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