Truth Social, former President Donald Trump’s social media platform, posted from the platform’s official account on Friday that a reporter who wrote that the former president stepped down from the company board did not enter the company offices, showing security footage that allegedly show he reached the door and left.
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune on Thursday published an article asserting that former President Donald Trump removed himself from the board of Trump Media and Technology Group, which owns Truth Social, on June 8, prior to the company receiving a subpoena from the SEC and one from a grand jury in the Southern District of New York pertaining to the firm’s prospective merger with Digital World Acquisitions Corp.
“Trump, the chairman of Trump Media and Technology Group, was one of six board members removed on June 8, state business records show,” wrote reporter Chris Anderson.
Truth Social denied the story, noting Trump remained the chairman of the board and was thus, still one of its members.
“Contrary to an ‘exclusive’ fake news story filed by a reporter who is incapable of understanding state business records, Donald Trump remains on the board of Trump Media and Technology Group. In fact, the reporter acknowledges that Trump’s title is ‘chairman,’ but apparently has no clue what a chairman presides over. Hopefully this helps clarify things,” the post read.
Anderson wrote that the Herald-Tribune visited the office on June 27, saying “Trump’s company name was not on the registry in the main lobby, nor was there any reference to the name at the office suite itself. There was no receptionist either, just a note to ring the doorbell for assistance.”
Truth Social, on Friday, posted security footage from the company office which purported to show the Herald-Tribune’s reporter, presumably Anderson, visiting the company office.
The 33-second video shows a man enter the camera’s field of vision, look into the windows of the office door briefly, then return to the elevator without making any discernible effort reach anyone inside. Just the News could not confirm the identity of the man in the footage and Truth Social did not post a date with the footage.
The firm, however, demanded the publication apologize for pushing a “conspiracy theory” and retract the story.
“The conspiracy theory claiming Donald Trump secretly resigned from the board of TMTG began with this ‘exhaustive’ probe of our office by one of the Sarasota Herald Tribune’s crack reporters, whose investigative skills apparently do not include ringing a doorbell,” the company wrote, apparently referencing the sign to ring the doorbell which Anderson acknowledged in his article.
“The Herald Tribune, The Hill, CNBC, Reuters, Business Insider, Forbes, and the rest of the fake news outlets should retract and apologize for their false statements — though it won’t absolve them of liability for securities fraud,” the post concluded.