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At a White House briefing on Monday, press secretary Jen Psaki responded to a reporter’s question about former President Trump’s absence from Twitter and how it might be affecting COVID relief negotiations.
REPORTER: As you know, President Trump has been barred from a lot of social media sites. Just curious whether you think his absence has made your job any easier, or the White House's job any easier, as it kind of goes forward on these COVID negotiations?
JEN PSAKI: In what way?
REPORTER: He'd create a lot of noise, right? He would have certain gravitational pull with Republicans, who may be more inclined to take a harder position. I wonder if that's been anything that you guys have thought about, or kind of considered?
JEN PSAKI: This may be hard to believe. We don't spend a lot of time talking about, or thinking about, President Trump, here. Former President Trump, to be very clear. I think that's a question that's probably more appropriate for Republican members, who are looking for ways to support a bipartisan package. And whether that gives them space. But I can't say we miss him on Twitter.
REPORTER: Does President Biden support the continuing ban of President Trump on those sites?
JEN PSAKI: I think that's a decision made by Twitter. We've certainly spoken to, and he's spoken to, the need for social media platforms to continue to take steps to reduce hate speech. But we don't have more for you on it than that.