Trump, who has vowed not to return to Twitter even if Musk takes control of the company, continued: “By the time you get rid of them, if that can even be done, what do you have? Not much?”
He added: “If it weren’t for the ridiculous Billion Dollar breakup fee, Elon would have already been long gone.”
Trump then touted his own social media platform, which has been struggling since its launch due to technical glitches as well as the departure of top executives.
“Just my opinion, but Truth Social is MUCH better than Twitter and is absolutely exploding, incredible engagement!”
Musk, who recently pledged to allow Trump back onto Twitter should he assume control of the company, insisted in a follow-up tweet early Friday that he was “still committed” to following through on the buyout.
Musk’s pending acquisition of Twitter was welcomed by supporters of Trump who say it will usher in a new era of unfettered speech.
But a Trump-friendly environment on Twitter could spell bad news for Truth Social, which was specifically created as an alternative to the mainstream micro-blogging platform.