Twitter employee deletes Trump's account on last day of work

Posted at 8:53 PM, Nov 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-02 22:49:31-04

For 11 minutes Thursday night, @realdonaldtrump was replaced by a blue screen bearing a notice that the account no longer existed.

The Twitter account that had been used to attack judges who blocked Trump's executive orders, taunt the leader of North Korea and pressure other Republicans to fall in line with presidential policy went silent.

Like the summer's covfefe incident, which went hours without a revision or response, it stoked a flurry of theories. Had Trump been hacked? Had his fingers slipped? Had one of the many White House staffers said to be frustrated with his social media use taken the issue into their own hands?

Then the eclipse passed. The account reappeared, and Twitter administrators explained it had been inadvertently deleted by a staff member.

The company later announced the deletion had been the work of a customer service employee on his or her last day of work.

The president celebrated the restoration of his stream-of-consciousness-posting privileges by tweeting about his party's tax reform initiative, a piece of legislation viewed by some Republicans as their last chance at a major accomplishment in governing before the 2018 midterm elections.

And the status quo of 2017 was restored. The end.