United States: State Department Website Prematurely Announces End Of Trump Term

This illustration shows the US State Department website saying Donald Trumps presidency ended on January 11 2021 displayed on a smartphone with the official White House website in the background 300x208 - United States: State Department Website Prematurely Announces End Of Trump Term

The US State Department’s website caused a stir on social networks by briefly publishing on Monday a biography of the outgoing president with this comment: “Donald J. Trump’s term ended 2021-01-11 19:49:00,“.

The Republican billionaire, defeated in the November presidential election, might remain in office until January 20, the day of the inauguration of his Democratic successor Joe Biden.

However, following the assault on Capitol Hill last week by his supporters, calls for his resignation have multiplied, sometimes even from elected Republicans, while Democrats have taken legislative action to try to impeach Donald Trump.

The State Department website also briefly announced the end of Vice President Mike Pence‘s term. On Monday afternoon, a message invoking “technical difficulties” appeared on the pages in question.

Asked by AFP, the State Department did not provide an explanation. According to the Buzzfeed site, which quotes two diplomats on condition of anonymity, it was a “disgruntled employee” who made the change on the biographies of President Trump and Vice President Pence, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demanded the opening of an internal investigation to identify the perpetrator.

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