Trump takes control of @POTUS Twitter handle

AFP-Jiji WASHINGTON (AFP-Jiji) — Donald Trump took over Friday as the 45th U.S. president and in doing so inherited the White House Twitter account from outgoing leader Barack Obama.

In the first “social media transition” at the White House, Trump became the owner of the Twitter handle @POTUS, which represents the president of the United States.

The transition on Twitter got off to a bumpy start, with an image from Obama’s 2009 inauguration briefly on the account, before being fixed minutes later.

The White House last year indicated it would hand over to Obama’s successor control of the account and other social media platforms, which were launched during Obama’s eight-year tenure.

Obama, meanwhile, assumed a new Twitter handle @POTUS44, keeping about 13.9 million followers and his archived tweets in the shift.


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