State Department Website Briefly Altered to Say Trump’s Presidency Ends Jan. 11January 11, 2021
On Monday, the U.S. State Department site said that President Trump’s time in office was ending on Jan. 11, before the page was removed.
“Donald J. Trump’s term ended on 2021-01-11 19:49:00,” a bio page for Trump on the State Department website said Monday afternoon. A bio for VP Mike Pence also had the same message. Users on social media noticed the changes just before 3 p.m. ET; within an hour, both pages were rendered inaccessible.
BuzzFeed News reported that a “disgruntled employee” had made the changes. Reps for the State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The tampering with the State Department’s website came after a pro-Trump mob, encouraged by the president, invaded the U.S. Capitol last week in a deadly clash with police.
President-elect Joe Biden, who defeated Trump in the 2020 election, is set to be inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States next Wednesday, Jan. 20.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has ordered an internal investigation into the posting of the false information to the state.gov site, per the BuzzFeed News report.
Here’s a screen capture of the since-removed Trump biography page on the State Department website:
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