Former president Donald Trump and former first lady Melania Trump have officially launched a website that is meant to allow supporters to request their participation in events, submit letters and ask for personalized greetings. The website, titled ’45 Office’, comes as the former president remains silent about future plans amid speculation that he may run for office again in 2024.
A brief statement from the former president’s office on Monday evening, March 29, announced the launch of “the official website of the 45th President of the United States” and stated that the former first couple is “continually strengthened by the enduring spirit of the American people” and looks forward to “staying in touch”.
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Former president Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference held in the Hyatt Regency on February 28, 2021, in Orlando, Florida (Getty Images)
The website states, “The Office of Donald J Trump is committed to preserving the magnificent legacy of the Trump Administration, while at the same time advancing the America First agenda. Through civic engagement and public activism, the Office of Donald J. Trump will strive to inform, educate, and inspire Americans from all walks of life as we seek to build a truly great American Future.”
The statement continues, “Through this office, President Trump will remain a tireless champion for the hardworking men and women of our great country – and for their right to live in safety, dignity, prosperity, and peace.”
The contact page on the website where users can share their thoughts reads, “Donald J. Trump and Melania Trump enjoy hearing from the American people. In an effort to ensure that your requests and comments are received in a timely manner, it is strongly encouraged that you submit all correspondence online. President and Mrs. Trump prefer not to receive letters, gifts, inquiries, and invitations through the mail. Thank you so much for your understanding.”
Users can also request scheduling for the participation of the former president and his wife as well as request a greeting for a “special occasion”. The website also features a page for press inquiry.
According to The Boston Herald, the website is hosted on GoDaddy and is registered in Texas. However, a primary contact is not listed on a who-is web search. According to the outlet, the former president is looking for social media platforms to partner with to get his message out, while using his 45 Office email account to keep his political opinions circulating.
As Axios reported, “The site’s ‘about’ page features a glowing report of Trump’s divisive presidency, claiming that he ‘launched the most extraordinary political movement in history, dethroning political dynasties, defeating the Washington Establishment.’ It goes on to praise his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic,” something that was criticized by both Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx during a CNN interview on Sunday, March 28.
Former President Donald Trump waves as he walks with former First lady Melania Trump as they depart on the South Lawn of the White House, on December 5, 2020, in Washington, DC (Getty Images)
The launch of the official website was met with mockery on social media, as one user tweeted, “I am looking right at it, and I cannot tell if it is satire or an attempt to gather data for advertisers. It cannot possibly be for real, can it?” Another wrote, “This feels very….. culty.” A user tweeted, “Going to be so much grifting going on here. Definitely a great way to sell mailing lists to different businesses.” Another wrote, “He forgot to mention the most important part. A great place to donate to his defense fund.” A user joked, “How long until K-Pop, in another service to humanity, takes this propaganda portal down? #KPop.”
I am looking right at it, and I cannot tell if it is satire or an attempt to gather data for advertisers. It cannot possibly be for real, can it?