Report: Donald Trump quits his media company’s board of directors

In recent weeks, former President Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump, Jr., and five others left the board of directors of Trump Media & Technology Group, CNBC reported. They cite a recent report by The newspaper Sarasota Herald’s Rostrum.

Reports cite a recent filing with the Florida Department of State’s Corporations Division, shortly before the company received subpoenas from Florida and New York. The company is under investigation regarding the SPAC deal that is ongoing between it and the “blank check” company known as Digital World Acquisitions Corp.

But even though he has left the board, Trump continues to post on Truth Social and regularly encourages his supporters to use the social network. An official post from the network denied the departure in a social media post, calling it a “conspiracy theory”.

“The conspiracy theory claiming that Donald Trump secretly resigned from the TMTG board of directors began with this ‘exhaustive’ investigation of our office by one of the Sarasota Herald Tribune’s crack reporters, whose investigative skills do not apparently don’t understand ringing a doorbell,” the company’s post said. . “The Herald Tribune, The Hill, CNBC, Reuters, Business Insider, Forbes and the rest of the fake news outlets should retract and apologize for their misrepresentations – although that does not absolve them of liability for fraud in securities.” The message was accompanied by a video of a man walking towards an office, but not knocking.

But as the Herald Tribune noted, the company’s “Board of Directors” page appears empty. According to the Wayback Machine, the page was also blank in February. Other reports said the filing led to a misunderstanding. However, the record is real and indicates that these six people, including the two trumps, did in fact leave the board.

This came shortly before news broke that Elon Musk is looking to get out of his deal to buy Twitter. Musk had said he would reinstate Trump’s account if he took over the company, even though Trump has made it clear he doesn’t want to return to the social network.

At a weekend rally, the former president called Musk a “bullshit artist,” adding that while Musk had recently claimed he never voted Republican, Musk had told Trump in the past. that he had voted for him. Musk recently praised Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is rumored to be pursuing a run for the White House in 2024.

In June 2017, Musk announced his resignation from Trump’s business advisers, after Trump quit the Paris climate accord.

Stephen Silver, technology editor for The National Interest, is a journalist, essayist and film critic, who also contributes to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review and connect today. Co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.

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