In his latest public statement, former President Donald Trump seemed to confirm that he’s still eyeing another term in the Oval Office.
According to the Washington Examiner, Trump responded to news that Facebook’s suspension of his account would last two years with a statement saying things would be different “next time” he’s “in the White House.”
Banned from Facebook
Trump’s comments came just as news broke that Facebook had defined the length of the former president’s once indefinite suspension to a period of two years. According to Breitbart, Facebook first banned Trump from its platform on Jan. 7 in response to a riot the day prior at the U.S. Capitol.
“Given the gravity of the circumstances that led to Mr. Trump’s suspension, we believe his actions constituted a severe violation of our rules which merit the highest penalty available under the new enforcement protocols,” Facebook said in a statement cited by Breitbart.
The platform also said it would re-evaluate once the two years are up “to assess whether the risk to public safety has receded.”
“If we determine that there is still a serious risk to public safety, we will extend the restriction for a set period of time and continue to re-evaluate until that risk has receded,” the company’s statement said, according to Breitbart.
“When the suspension is eventually lifted, there will be a strict set of rapidly escalating sanctions that will be triggered if Mr. Trump commits further violations in future, up to and including permanent removal of his pages and accounts,” Facebook added.
After Facebook handed down its verdict, Trump came out swinging with a pair of statements of his own Friday.
“Facebook’s ruling is an insult to the record-setting 75 [million] people, plus many others, who voted for us in the 2020 Rigged Presidential Election,” he said in one message, according to Reuters. “They shouldn’t be allowed to get away with this censoring and silencing, and ultimately, we will win. Our Country can’t take this abuse anymore!”
Later, the former president got supporters buzzing with a tease at a potential 2024 White House bid.
“Next time I’m in the White House, there will be no more dinners, at his request, with Mark Zuckerberg and his wife,” Trump said, referring to a secretive meeting he held with the Facebook CEO back in 2019, according to the Washington Examiner. “It will be all business!” the former president promised.
While Trump hasn’t formally announced any future campaign plans, this may be the biggest hint he’s dropped yet that despite a crushing loss last November, his stint in Washington is far from over.