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11 Jan, 2021 20:57

Donald Trump OUT OF OFFICE… according to mysterious State Department webpage

Donald Trump OUT OF OFFICE… according to mysterious State Department webpage

With President Donald Trump exiled from social media and laying low since the Capitol Hill riot, the State Department’s official website puzzlingly declared that Trump’s term in office came to an end on January 11.

A biography page apparently created on Monday on the State Department’s official website, has a solitary line of text that reads “Donald J. Trump's term ended on 2021-01-11 19:48:39.” The page was likely created around 3pm local time, according to Archive.org, while a Google cache of the page shows that it was edited in December, with the message then putting Trump’s term ending on the 17th of that month.

A similar change was made to Vice President Mike Pence’s biography.

The meaning of the text is unclear, but it comes at a time of uncertainty for Trump, nearly a week after his supporters barged into the US Capitol after he encouraged them to protest outside the building. Banned from every major social media platform, castigated in the media, facing impeachment by Democrats and losing Republican allies, Trump has suffered pushback on all sides after the riot left five people dead, including one unarmed protester shot by police and one police officer allegedly clubbed with a fire extinguisher by a rioter.

Commenters and pundits online speculated whether the State Department’s site had been “hacked,” or whether a staffer in the department was privy to something the public wasn’t.

BuzzFeed News claimed that the text was the work of a “disgruntled staffer,” though a source told the Washington Examiner that the department was still “working on figuring out what happened.” 

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