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Jared Kushner blocked Trump defection to Parler

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President Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner blocked the president's effort to join social media sites such as Gab and Parler, according to reports.

Twitter suspended Trump's accounts after the president was accused of inciting violence when a mob of his supporters overran the Capitol last week.

Kushner and Trump's social media director, Dan Scavino, objected to the president joining the alternative platforms, arguing that the sites lacked the infrastructure that would be needed to handle the likely mass influx of users, sources familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.

"Trump could have overruled him and moved to the new sites himself, but with Scavino’s discouragement, he did not," a source said.

CNN reported that Kushner and Scavino intervened when other aides, including personnel chief John McEntee, sought to help the president get on other sites.

Within days of losing his Twitter, Trump was blocked from other mainstream social media sites, including Instagram and Facebook.

Parler soon suffered a similar exile to Trump, as Amazon stopped providing access to its cloud services, causing the platform to go offline. The site was accused of allowing pro-Trump users to organize violence.

Shortly after Parler became the most downloaded app in the country on Friday, Apple and Google removed the service from their mobile app stores.

The president has been a Twitter mainstay while in office, setting the tone for his presidency with each tweet. His large following as a celebrity helped build his political brand.

Since last week's social media censure, Trump has been largely silent.

He remained out of sight on Wednesday, issuing a statement to his supporters that urged "NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind."

In a statement released first to Fox News, Trump said he was calling "on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers."

A Marine has stood guard outside the White House's West Wing entrance intermittently through the day, which typically means the president is in the Oval Office.

On Capitol Hill, lawmakers are proceeding with the president's second impeachment in the House.

Tags: News, White House, Donald Trump, Impeachment, Jared Kushner

Original Author: Katherine Doyle

Original Location: Jared Kushner blocked Trump defection to Parler

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