In a statement that’s likely meant to throw some red meat at the sadly misinformed people who think he’ll be reinstated as president, Donald Trump lashed out at Facebook over the news that the social media platform upheld his ban for at the next two years, saying that he won’t be inviting Mark Zuckerberg to dinner when he’s in the White House “next time.”
“Next time I’m in the White House there will be no more dinners, at his request, with Mark Zuckerberg and his wife. It will be all business!” Trump’s statement read.
It’s not clear if Trump was referring to his potential 2024 presidential run, or if he was affirming recent reports that claim he believes he will be reinstated as president by August.
In a press release this Friday, Facebook announced that Trump’s account will remain suspended for two years, and will only be reinstated “if conditions permit” after a review.
“We are today announcing new enforcement protocols to be applied in exceptional cases such as this, and we are confirming the time-bound penalty consistent with those protocols which we are applying to Mr. Trump’s accounts,” the press release stated. “Given the gravity of the circumstances that led to Mr. Trump’s suspension, we believe his actions constituted a severe violation of our rules which merit the highest penalty available under the new enforcement protocols. We are suspending his accounts for two years, effective from the date of the initial suspension on January 7 this year.”
Trump was suspended from Facebook and Instagram after posting a video during the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 carried out by his supporters, in which he told them: “We love you, you’re very special.” Trump was also taken off other platforms including Twitter and YouTube.