WASHINGTON: In less than 12 hours after being inaugurated as the 45th President of the US, Donald Trump, an avid Twitter user, has as many as 14 million followers.
In fact, his POTUS account was fast catching up with his personal Twitter handle @RealDonaldTrump where he has 20.9 mil-lion followers that he has earned in nearly eight years after he joined the microblogging site in March 2009.
At one of the three inaugural balls, Trump asked permission from his followers and supporters to continue to tweet.
And all of them said yes.
Trump said this would help him get around the “dishonest media,” and this a way to get in touch with his supporters.
“Should I keep the Twitter going or not?” “I think so,” he said.
It is “a way of bypassing dishonest media,” said the US President.
Till early this morning the official Twitter account of the President of the US was handled by Barack Obama, who passed on the baton to Trump exactly at noon.
All the tweets of Obama in his capacity as the US President has now been archived under a new account @POTUS44.
At the time on archiving, Obama’s official Twitter account had 13.9 million followers. This is far less than the 80.9 million followers on his personal account.
Meanwhile, Twitter said as many as 12 million tweets were sent so far today related to the #Inauguration.
Those tweets peaked at 58,000 tweets sent per minute at 12:02pm EST, the moment Trump became the 45th President of the United States.