Trump is now… TEXTING: Former President, 76, who has prioritized calls for years turns to typing out messages for third presidential run
- Former President Donald Trump is now texting, joining the rest of the modern world at the beginning of the year
- The New York Times reported on the revelation Wednesday, noting that the 76-year-old has been tapping out texts in recent weeks
- For years, Trump labeled himself ‘smart’ for not providing a paper trail, wouldn’t text friends back and didn’t write emails, calling them ‘wires’
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Former President Donald Trump is now texting, joining the rest of the modern world at the beginning of the year.
The New York Times reported on the revelation Wednesday, noting that the 76-year-old has been tapping out texts to friends, confidants and even those not necessarily close to the ex-president, who launched a third presidential campaign in November.
For years, Trump labeled himself ‘smart’ for not providing a paper trail.
He didn’t respond to people’s text messages and never returned an email, referring to them as ‘wires’ like an old school telegram, The Times noted.
Former President Donald Trump started texting friends, confidants and even folks he’s not particularly close to at the beginning of the year, The New York Times reported Wednesday
But in the last few weeks, Trump has sent text messages expressing well wishes or political observations.
There’s no explanation for what prompted the change, as Trump’s spokesperson didn’t respond to a request from The Times for comment.
Trump also made it more difficult to reach him by phone, the paper reported.
Callers not in his phone book are now sent directly to voicemail.
Trump recently ruffled the feathers of some Capitol Hill Republicans when he was reached by phone by an NBC reporter and seemed to not fully support now House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s speakership bid amid the vote-taking process that spanned the first days of the new Congress.
‘We’ll see what happens,’ Trump said. ‘I got everybody calling me wanting my support. But let’s see what happens and we’ll go – I got everybody calling, wanting my support.’
‘That’s all I can say. But we’ll see what happens. We’ll see how it all works out,’ the ex-president added.
Trump ultimately doubled down on his support for McCarthy, who won the speakership on the 16th vote.
Trump’s initials were seen on the cell phone screen of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who tried to get one of the ‘Never Kevin’ representatives – Rep. Matt Rosendale – to talk to Trump after the failed 15th vote, urging the Montana Republican to get on McCarthy’s side.
At least one of Trump’s former aides was shocked by the idea of the ex-president texting.
‘Has he now also started to take notes?’ said former National Security Advisor John Bolton, now a Trump critic, who was chewed out in meetings for his own note-taking habits.
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