President Donald Trump has responded to Elon Musk finally taking over Twitter by declaring that he’s “very happy” the Big Tech company is “now in sane hands.”
“I am very happy that Twitter is now in sane hands, and will no longer be run by Radical Left Lunatics and Maniacs that truly hate our country,” Trump wrote.
“Twitter must now work hard to rid itself of all of the bots and fake accounts that have hurt it so badly.
“It will be much smaller, but better. I LOVE TRUTH!”
His post did not say if he would return to Twitter if Musk decides to lift a ban on the 45th president’s account.
Trump was banned in January 2021 after Twitter’s “woke” content moderators falsely alleged that he violated its policies for his comments around the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
After Musk announced he would buy the platform, Trump told news outlets that he would not rejoin and would prefer to stay on Truth Social, his own social media company.
However, some lawmakers and strategists have speculated that he would be forced to use Twitter if he again runs for president in 2024.
Throughout his 2016 campaign, Trump used Twitter extensively and would often shift mainstream media attention to topics that he favored.
Before his ban, Trump had amassed more than 80 million followers.
Musk has described himself as a free speech absolutist and has criticized Twitter’s censorship policies in the past.
As Slay News reported, Musk fired CEO Parag Agrawal, chief financial officer Ned Segal, content moderation chief Vijaya Gadde, and other top executives in a major power move immediately after taking control of the company.
Gadde was the Twitter executive that led the company’s decision to suspend Trump last year.
She was also one of the executives behind the move to ban the Hunter Biden laptop story ahead of the 2020 election.
The reports, citing anonymous sources, said that the top executives were quickly escorted out of the firm’s San Francisco headquarters on Thursday afternoon.
Neither Musk nor the others have publicly commented on the matter.
“The bird is freed,” Musk wrote on Twitter on Thursday, without elaborating.
Earlier in the day, the new Twitter owner told advertisers that the company “obviously cannot become a free-for-all hellscape, where anything can be said with no consequences,” according to a post he made.
Under the deal, Musk is taking Twitter private, which means that the current board of directors and public trading of the stock will end.