Assuming he isn’t impeached and removed from office in the next few hours or days, Donald Trump only has a week left in office, but on Monday, the State Department’s website announced his term had already ended.
Someone went in and changed the outgoing one-term president’s official bio to say that his “term ended” on January 11, prompting Twitter to go absolutely nuts.
The U.S. Department of State: "Donald J. Trump's term ended on 2021-01-11 19:39:54"
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) January 11, 2021
I don’t know what to make of this US State Department website that says Trump’s term ended Jan 11th at 7pm. Anyone??? It’s a legit dot gov site. https://t.co/dwKY1xJVVC
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) January 11, 2021
Poochie’s term ended on 2021-01-11 19:41:28, as he returned to his home planet
— donni saphire (@donni) January 11, 2021
Does ANYBODY have any idea why this official government website says "Donald J. Trump's term ended on 2021-01-11 19:49:00."
Is he RESIGNING today???https://t.co/tFRFemOOkN
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) January 11, 2021
Donald J. Trump's term ended on 2021-01-11 19:40:41, he fatally tased himself in the balls
— Clue Heywood (@ClueHeywood) January 11, 2021
Spoiler alert: Trump’s term didn’t end on January 11.
Buzzfeed reports that a “disgruntled staffer” likely went in and made the change to the website’s content management system.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has launched an investigation into the matter, which officials say was almost certainly an inside job since the site is on a “closed system” and “nearly impossible to hack.”
“It’s 100% not a hack,” a source tells Buzzfeed.
After last week’s deadly insurrection on the U.S. Capitol, over 100 career US diplomats signed two unprecedented dissent cables rebuking Trump for his role in the violence.
They also condemned Pompeo for his “failure to issue a statement unequivocally acknowledging that President-Elect Biden won the 2020 election” as well as his weak statement on the civilian uprising.