Trump Complains To Twitter CEO In Closed-Door Meeting About Having Less Followers Than Barack Obama

Isheka N. Harrison
Written by Isheka N. Harrison
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President Donald Trump is drawing comparisons between him and former President Barack Obama again. And this time it’s about being bested by his predecessor on Twitter.

A recent closed-door meeting Trump had with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was supposed to cover “the health of the public conversation …,” reported Motherboard. However, Trump used it as an opportunity to complain about his loss of followers. Sources say he has a gripe that Obama has more followers than him on his most used social media platform, according to The Daily Beast.

Twitter has come under scrutiny by the Trump Administration and Republicans for accusations of bias and quenching conservative speech. But in an email to his employees before the meeting, Dorsey said he believes dialogue is important with all leaders, regardless of their stances.

“Some of you will be very supportive of our meeting [with] the president, and some of you might feel we shouldn’t take this meeting at all. In the end, I believe it’s important to meet heads of state in order to listen, share our principles and our ideas,” Dorsey wrote.

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Ahead of the Tuesday meeting, Trump tweeted his opinion that Twitter didn’t treat him well and that he would have more followers “if Twitter wasn’t playing their political games,” PBS NewsHour reported.

However, afterwards Trump seemed to change his tone, tweeting he and Dorsey had a “great meeting” and he looked “forward to keeping an open dialogue!”

Despite his self-proclamation that he is better at Twitter than Obama, it seems Trump has a more accurate assessment of their respective Twitter crowds than he did of their inaugurations. Upon learning of Trump’s latest frustration, Twitter users chimed in and hilarity ensued.

About Isheka N. Harrison

Isheka N. Harrison is an experienced writer, editor, educator, media and communications professional who thoroughly enjoys telling people’s stories. A former editor of the South Florida Times, Isheka has been featured as a speaker for New Florida Majority’s “Black Women in Media” Panel for Women’s History Month, served as a judge for JM Lexus’ 2018 African American Achievers Awards and named one of “South Florida’s 40 Under 40 Black Leaders of Today and Tomorrow” by Legacy Magazine/Miami Herald. A native of Miami, Isheka's work has appeared in notable local and national media outlets including: ESSENCE Magazine, Upscale Magazine, The Miami Herald, The Miami Times and more. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Relations from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Clark Atlanta University. Isheka is also a member of several para-professional organizations including the Black Professionals Network (BPN), National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) South Florida and ColorComm. To learn more about her story, you can connect with Isheka on LinkedIn at or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ishekah. To pitch her any tips or ideas for articles, email her at