Former President Donald Trump plans to return to social media in the coming months with his “own platform,” USA Today reports.
Top Trump adviser and spokesman Jason Miller told Fox News on Sunday that Trump would launch his own network after he was banned by Twitter, Facebook, and other mainstream social media companies for his role in inciting the deadly January 6 Capitol riot.
"I do think that we're going to see President Trump returning to social media, probably in about two or three months here, with his own platform," Miller said.
"This is something that I think will be the hottest ticket in social media. It's going to completely redefine the game,” he added. “And everybody is going to be waiting and watching to see what President Trump does but it will be his own platform.”
Will it really be his own?
Social networks take a lot of capital investment and face major hauls in winning over new users in a highly saturated industry. Miller declined to say whether Trump will really start his own company or partner with an existing one. "But it will be big once he starts," he insisted.
"There have been a lot of high-powered meetings he's been having at Mar-a-Lago with some teams of folks who've been coming in," Miller added, telling Fox that "numerous companies" have had discussions with Trump about a possible venture.
"But I think the president does know what direction that he wants to head here and this new platform is going to be big and everybody wants him," Miller said.
Will Parler strike deal?
One company that has reached out to Trump is the far-right social network Parler, the Rebekah Mercer-backed startup that was removed from the Apple and Google app stores after it was used by some to coordinate the attack on the Capitol.
Parler had discussions with Trump’s campaign last summer and again after his election loss in November, according to BuzzFeed news.
Parler offered the Trump Organization a 40% stake in the company, according to the report.
Mercer was one of Trump’s top donors and advisers in 2016 and was the principal backer of former top Trump strategist Steve Bannon.