Trump Has Left Office, State Department Page Claims, Erroneously

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The State Department published a bizarre notice on its website Monday saying President Trump’s term was expiring a full nine days ahead of schedule. The notice gave rise to speculation that... something was going on at the agency. What, no one could be sure.

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For at least an hour, the State Department’s biography page for Donald J. Trump claimed his presidency is ending in matter of hours, at approximately 5:40 p.m. ET. (Other versions of the page gave different times.)

The same page later redirected to a 404 page saying the site was “currently experiencing technical difficulties.”

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It was not immediately clear what the hell was going on.

BuzzFeed News, citing “two current-serving diplomats with knowledge of the situation,” reported the erroneous notice was the result of a disgruntled employee. A source told the site that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had ordered an investigation into the matter, starting with employees and interns exiting the department this week.

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An agency spokesperson did not respond to multiple requests for comment. We’ll update if they do.

Senior Reporter, Privacy & Security

DISCUSSION

Fieryrebirth
Fieryrebirth

I see this being true and Trump and family actually packing to flee the country.