White House officials are letting it be known that they desire Twitter to invite back former President Donald Trump.

Conflicting with earlier reports, the occupants of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. are reportedly warming up to the idea that President Joe Biden might benefit if Elon Musk, should his $44 billion takeover of Twitter be finalized, immediately reverses the ban on Biden's 2020 rival.

Beyond casting the Republican Party as a hostage to right-wing extremists, the "other thing White House officials are cheering for — a number of them told me this over the weekend — that if Elon Musk indeed takes Twitter, they hope the first thing he does is put Donald Trump back on it," Politico's White House bureau chief, Jonathan Lemire, said Monday on MSNBC's Morning Joe.

Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter in the days after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Twitter, joined by other social media platforms in banning Trump, said the decision was made "due to the risk of further incitement of violence."


Biden insiders believe Trump, who had more than 80 million followers on Twitter, would go back to posting inflammatory content, scaring voters away from Republicans at a time when the president is suffering from low poll numbers and the GOP is poised to retake control of the House and quite possibly the Senate, according to Lemire.

"They think that if Trump starts tweeting again, it will just simply remind these voters of the crazy that came from his time in office, particularly around Jan. 6. He’ll amplify these fringe messages. He'll amplify these fringe right-wing candidates, and that can only be good for Democrats, they think," Lemire reported.

Trump said he would not return to Twitter even if under Musk's command the platform decides to undo his permanent suspension. After all, Musk is said to be "vehemently" opposed to Twitter's decision to ban Trump, according to the Wall Street Journal.

But Trump has his own platform, Truth Social, where the former president insists he'll remain, though its reach isn't nearly that of Twitter, which Musk has touted as the "de facto public town square" of the digital age.

"I am not going on Twitter. I am going to stay on Truth," Trump told Fox News last week. "I hope Elon buys Twitter because he’ll make improvements to it, and he is a good man, but I am going to be staying on Truth."

However, the White House does not believe Trump, Lemire reported for Politico. Joe Scarborough, co-host of Morning Joe and a GOP defector, egged on Twitter to allow Trump back on to its platform.

"Bring him back. He is crazier than ever," Scarborough said.

The White House has said little publicly about Twitter approving Musk's deal to purchase the social media platform and concerns about a consolidation of power. But there is a broader focus on the fight against misinformation.

"I would say that our concerns are not new. We've long talked about and the president has long talked about his concerns about the power of social media platforms, including Twitter and others, to spread misinformation, disinformation — the need for these platforms to be held accountable," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said last week.


Biden defeated Trump by 7 million votes in the popular vote in 2020, but both candidates drew record numbers, receiving roughly 81.2 million and 74.2 million votes, respectively. Trump has flirted with the notion of a 2024 campaign but has not yet made a declaration, signaling he will make a decision after the midterm elections in which he is testing his hold over the Republican Party with a wave of endorsements.

In March, Biden said he would be "very fortunate" if Trump ran against him again.