Although Twitter banned former US President Donald Trump from its platform, “Happy Birthday Donald Trump” trended on Monday, Trump’s 75th birthday, on the US SMS service. But instead of celebrating his birthday, the former president spent most of it on volatile rhetoric against opponents and appeals for donations.
Former Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, 57, was among the well-wishers. Born by chance on Flag Day, the day the American flag is especially honoured, Pompeo congratulated him with an image of the flag and the words: “It has been an honor to serve by your side and America first place. May we never give up on making America great.”
Not happy birthday
But the 75th birthday doesn’t seem to bring much joy to the former president of the United States. Trump started his day in advance with fresh allegations of election fraud and criticism of NATO and the G7. And in a statement on Monday, he wrote that the United States had “given a lot of money” in the past to the “club” – the G7 formula – and that NATO had “waived it”. The United States has been “economically exploited” for years by the countries involved.
“This is not fair to America or the American taxpayer!” Announced the populist right. But he changed that during his tenure. Trump has repeatedly accused NATO partners in the past of not spending enough on their defense and allowing the USA to shoulder them.
The announcement of the former president was published on the day of the NATO summit in Brussels, which was attended by his successor, Joe Biden (78). In the previous days, Biden also attended the G7 summit in Great Britain.
The old story of election fraud
On his 75th birthday, Trump also repeated his baseless allegations of fraud in the November 3 presidential election, which he lost to Biden. The Republican released a statement calling for a review of the votes cast in Pennsylvania and attacking two party friends who spoke out against it.
A controversial vote review commissioned by Republicans is currently underway in Arizona. Critics accuse Trump and his party of wanting to fuel a conspiracy theory of alleged electoral fraud and undermining confidence in the electoral system.
Trump was defeated by Biden in Arizona and Pennsylvania in November, both states were part of the elections. The former president does not admit his defeat to this day. The 75-year-old continues to set the tone with Republicans, is wildly popular with the grassroots, and has repeatedly toyed with a renewed presidential nomination in 2024.
birthday cards for fundraising
Trump also used his birthday to raise political funds. Followers were called in emails and SMS to put themselves on a birthday card and donate money. (@kes/AFP)