Trump is Welcome Back on Twitter if Musk’s Purchase Goes Through

Elon Musk said Tuesday he will end former President Donald Trump’s ban from Twitter if his purchase of the social media platform is finalized.

The billionaire owner of Tesla and self-described “free speech absolutist” was interviewed by the Financial Times at the “Future of the Car” conference. Twitter, after initial resistance, accepted his $44 billion offer on April 25.

Musk also said it will be two or three months from now before the deal is finalized.

The big news was Trump, and Musk declared it was “not correct” to ban the former president. Permanent bans, he said, should be reserved for bots, scam and spam accounts. The billionaire went on to specifically state that Twitter “should not have perma-bans.”

He added that he does not own Twitter yet, so it’s not a definite move as of now.

Musk asserts that former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey also believes Trump should not have been banned.

Trump was still president when he was axed from Twitter and several other social media platforms after the January 6 Capitol protests.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Musk’s “point man” for the Twitter purchase, Jared Birchall, remarked it was “insane” to block a sitting president.

For his part, Trump says he is staying on his own social networking platform Truth Social. He said he supports Musk making improvements to Twitter and calls him “a good man,” but he’s staying put.

Musk, on the other hand, tweeted that “Truth Social (terrible name) only exists because Twitter censored free speech.”

The billionaire entrepreneur pledged to make the social media giant much more transparent. He also says Twitter has a powerful left wing bias largely due to being based in San Francisco. The purchase is not complete, and Trump says he will not return to tweeting, but the prospect is tantalizing.