Donald Trump and his administration are making it near impossible for President-elect Joe Biden to transition into power. Now, according to Freelance journalist Hugo Lowell, Trump is refusing to turn over the @POTUS and @WhiteHouse Twitter accounts to Biden’s team.
Biden transition says Trump admin has refused to transfer the @POTUS and @WhiteHouse Twitter accounts with followers and that Biden must start from zero — reversing goodwill gesture from Obama admin in 2016.
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) December 22, 2020
According to Biden’s digital director, Rob Flaherty, the president-elect will start the accounts from scratch.
“In 2016, the Trump admin absorbed all of President Obama’s Twitter followers on @POTUS and @WhiteHouse — at Team 44’s urging,” Flaherty tweeted. “In 2020, Twitter has informed us that as of right now the Biden administration will have to start from zero.”
In 2020, Twitter has informed us that as of right now the Biden administration will have to start from zero. https://t.co/wj1R02SmiK
— Rob Flaherty (@Rob_Flaherty) December 22, 2020
The @POTUS account has 33.2 million followers and @WhiteHouse account has 26 million followers.