@POTUS Twitter account now in Biden’s hands

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President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks on his plan to administer Covid-19 vaccines at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Delaware on January 15, 2021. – Biden said Friday his administration would surge federal resources into community vaccination centers and mobile health clinics to accelerate the rollout of Covid-19 shots. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)

(ABC4) – Following Wednesday’s inauguration, presidential Twitter accounts are now in the hands of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

As of 12:01 p.m. EST, the @POTUS handle became President Biden’s official account.

At 12:36 p.m. EST, the first official tweet was sent out, saying, “There is no time to waste when it comes to tackling the crises we face. That’s why today, I am heading to the Oval Office to get right to work delivering bold action and immediate relief for American families.”

Trump’s former account, now @POTUS45, now has a line in its bio, saying “Tweets archived: wh.gov/privacy.” Trump’s Twitter access was permanently suspended shortly after the deadly riot in the U.S. Capitol in early January.

The White House also has a new account – @WhiteHouse. Shortly after the inaugural ceremony began, a tweet was posted to the account saying “Today, the work begins.”

The White House’s website was also updated to reflect the new presidency during the inaugural ceremony. It now shows a photo of Pres. Biden on the homepage.

The Twitter account for the White House during President Trump’s term has a new handle, @WhiteHouse45, also has the archive notice. Wednesday morning, as Trump left D.C., a tweet was posted to the account saying, “Thank you and farewell. God bless you. God bless the United States of America.”

At 12:02 p.m. EST, a tweet was posted to Vice President Kamala Harris’s account, @VP, that reads simply, “Ready to serve.” Former Vice President Mike Pence’s Twitter account has also been switched to @VP45.

A Twitter account has also been created for the United States’ first Second Gentleman, Doug Emhoff – @SecondGentleman.

Chrissy Teigen, American model and Delta, Utah, native, tweeted Wednesday morning asking Pres. Biden to follow her, saying, “hello @joebiden I have been blocked by the president for four years can I get a follow plz.”

Teigen was blocked by Pres. Trump on Twitter in 2017 after she tweeted numerous critiques about him.

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