Fact Check: Fake Statement Viral as Trump Congratulating Elon Musk After Twitter Takeover

A statement attributed to former US president Donald Trump is doing the rounds on social media, claiming that he issued a statement to congratulate Elon Musk after the latter took over Twitter.

The statement, dated October 27, 2022, had the masthead of Save America. It reads: “Congratulations to Elon Musk on his purchase of Twitter. Many people say that change is needed, as the old management is too concerned with the woke agenda. I have been told that my account will be activated on Monday  we will see. Happy to be able to engage with an African-American owned business!”

Here’s the link to the above post.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the post, and found it to be false.

We checked the official website of Donald Trump, but did not find any such statement.

We found reports about Trump hailing the sale of Twitter to Elon Musk on his Truth Social account. Truth Social is a Twitter-like platform run by the Trump Media & Technology Group. “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 said on his Truth Social platform.

A tweet by News Agency ANI states that they had erroneously posted the above statement and are retracting the tweet as it is false. “Tweet retracted. No statement from Donald Trump on Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter has been released. This was a fake statement circulating. Error regretted, ” the tweet reads.

Earlier, NewsMobile also fact-checked a tweet by a parody account sharing the claim that Trump’s Twitter account has been restored.

Fact Check: Tweet From Parody Account Viral As Actual Tweet By Donald Trump’s Restored Account

Hence, it is clear that the viral statement has not been issued by Donal Trump, and the post is MISLEADING.

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